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Northampton match report
13 December 2014 23:30 Post ID: #71026
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A deserved 3-2 away win looked at one stage it would be five or six nil to Argyle.

The classy Greens cruised into a 3-0 lead with the style of football rarely seen on the road only for Northampton to undeservedly hit back with two late goals to leave Argyle hanging on for the three points, not helped by skipper Curtis Nelson leaving the pitch with an injured arm.

Argyle had a great start when Peter Hartley headed in a Bobby Reid corner. Hartley’s bullet header from the near post flew into the top corner of the far post. 1-0 to the Greens.

Northampton didn’t offer much in attack except a few long range efforts that troubled a few birds sat on the roof of the home end stand and in defence the Cobblers looked very insecure.
Argyle did have a few promising positions but failed to capitalise, most notably Lewis Alessandra.

Oliver Banks did hit a post with a shot but Northampton didn’t deserve to have a shot on target let alone score a goal, they were that bad.

Andy Kellett finally gave Argyle the 2-0 lead their attacking football deserved with a cracking solo goal that will be talked about as the goal of the season.
He started on the left wing, cut inside, beating two defenders along the way, he reached the six yard box, dropped his shoulder to outwit another defender before firing past Duke in the Cobblers goal. A wonder goal!

For the second half Argyle continued in the same way and passed the ball around to chants of “ole” from the Green Army. The gameplan, as it was in the first half, was to play the balls down the channels for Reuben Reid and Alessandra to run onto.

The third goal brought an assist from keeper Luke McCormick, his long punt down the pitch found Reid who passed to Alessandra, he danced around a defender and let go a left foot shot to make it 3-0.

With game almost won and Argyle cruising John Sheridan wrapped his two strikers in cotton wool and brought on Jason Banton and Tyler Harvey.
After that the game changed and Northampton seized the initiative, helped by scoring a soft goal. Curtis Nelson hesitated in defence and allowed a cross to come in and substitute Ivan Toney pounced to make it 3-1.

Soon after Banton raced away and looked certain to make it 4-1 but he dithered and the chance went begging.

A long range shot from Stewart Murdoch surprisingly deceived McCormick and went over his head, 3-2, will Argyle hold on?

In injury time a crazy and dramatic goalmouth scramble ensued in front of McCormick, Nelson somehow cleared the ball but went down with a serious injury.
With the skipper laying prone on the pitch the medical staff were very slow in reacting to the situation.
Nelson eventually stood up but with a dislocated elbow he wasn’t allowed back on the pitch.
Argyle had to see out the final few minutes with 10 men, Lee Cox dropped into the right wing back slot and Kelvin Mellor switched to Nelson’s position.
The long delay for Nelson’s injury bizarrely helped Argyle and stopped the momentum that Northampton had been building.

At the final whistle all the players except Banton raced to the Argyle fans to celebrate a win that at first looked easy but was eventually a nail biting climax.

It's difficult to single out any player after a complete team performance like this but Kellett and Anthony O'Connor were immense and our other loan signing Bobby Reid wasn't far behind them.

Well played!


McCormick 7, Nelson 7, Hartley 8, O'Connor 9, Mellor 7, Cox 7, Blizzard 6, B Reid 8, Kellet 8, Alessandra 7, R Reid 7, Norburn 7, Banton 4, Harvey 5.

Man of the match: O’Connor.
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