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A Good Friday For Argyle

A Good Friday For Argyle

Argyle are now just point away from securing promotion after a battling 1-1 draw away to Portsmouth.

The atmosphere inside Fratton Park was incredible as both teams closed in on promotion to League One.

Due to the 2.30pm kick-off Argyle fans had to wait until the result at the game between Luton and Leyton Orient was confirmed, a defeat for the Hatters would give Argyle promotion and as Argyle's game against Portsmouth finished news filtered through from the phone apps that Orient had taken the lead. For a few short minutes Argyle were promoted but alas Luton levelled the game and we move to Easter Monday and the home game against Newport.

We had the better of the first half and should have been two or three goals up but sat back for the second half and conceded the equaliser when Luke McCormick again fumbled the ball.
In the end we had just 33% of possession but a point against a very average Portsmouth team is fine and allows us to clinch promotion at Home Park.

The pitch was heavily watered before the game and the Argyle players were slipping everywhere, maybe it was a ploy to catch us out with Pompey players wearing longer studs and the Argyle players wearing shorter studs.

Gary Sawyer supplied a great cross to Jervis who headed in at the far post, Sawyer was targeted by Pompey and was only finally helped by Matty Kennedy when manager Derek Adams had a word with him.

There was a feeling a second goal for the Greens would turn the fickle Portsmouth fans onto their team but that crucial second goal just wouldn't come despite long range efforts from Graham Carey and David Fox, while Kennedy hit the side netting.

Antoni Sarcevic had one of his better games and Yann Songo'o was man of the match with a brilliant defensive display.
McCormick fumbled three shots during the game and was made to pay when Gary Roberts took advantage of another fumble and slotted in the equaliser from close range.

Sonny Bradley was injured early in the game but carried on, he returned for the second half with his leg strapped, however after warming up he couldn't continue and was replaced by Jakub Sokolik before the second half started.
It would be a shame if Bradley missed the final promotion games.

The atmosphere throughout the game was superb, although it was also a game of phone apps and league table updates.

There was a strange symmetry with this game and the Orient game at Home Park in February- the same ref, Bradley getting injured and then waiting for Orient to beat Luton today.

With Orient winning almost every Argyle fan stayed on the stadium, the atmosphere was terrific but tense. The players stayed on the pitch for a while before leaving for the dressing room.

The Argyle directors came out onto the pitch to thank the fans and a small group of Pompey fans also stayed behind.

Once Luton equalised the mood changed and fans started to drift away. Sky killed the usual promotion excitement with the early kick-off.

Nevermind, we'll finish the job on Monday.

Man of the Match: Songo'o.

McCormick 5, Threlkeld 7, Songo'o, Bradley 7, Sawyer 7, Fox 7, Sarcevic 7, Carey 6, Jervis 6, Kennedy 6, Taylor 5. Subs Sokolik 6, Smith 6, Tanner n/a.

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Writer:Ian De-Lar
Date:Friday April 14 2017
Time: 10:05PM

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