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Oxford match report
14 March 2015 22:25 Post ID: #71154
A battling point on a difficult pitch kept Argyle in the League Two play-off places.

The match itself was very lacklustre, just three shots on target between both teams tells its own story.

Oxford looked a very average team despite their recent run of good form but there was the frustrating feeling that if Argyle had just upped their game the three points would be in the bag, as it was the terrible pitch was the main talking point of the game.

You have to feel sorry for the Oxford fans who pay good money to see football at the Kassam Stadium only for the pitch to be ruined by the rugby club.
Today players struggled to control the ball, the ball bounced away from the players and the match became a lottery.

The only goalmouth action came during the first half with the excellent Drew Talbot hitting two long range efforts that sailed wide and Reuben Reid had an angled header that hit the crossbar, bounced down onto a post and was cleared. So unlucky!

Nothing much happened in the second half except the two Reid's and Lewis Alessandra were replaced with Nathan Brunt, Olly Lee and Jason Banton although there was no difference to the general play.

Kemar Roofe did have late shot for Oxford but this was easily saved by Luke McCormick.

Talbot was very impressive for the Greens, the midfielder tackled, closed down and was always the player bursting forward to join the attacks.
The back three of Curtis Nelson, Carl McHugh and Peter Harley were as strong and resolute as ever.

Overall a point in the bag on the road on a poor pitch isn't a bad result but if only Argyle had showed some urgency and increased the tempo of the game the crucial three points could have found a home in Plymouth.

McCormick 6, Nelson 6, McHugh 6, Hartley 6, Mellor 6, Talbot 8, O'Connor 6, B Reid 5, Holmes-Dennis 6, Alessandra 5, R Reid 6, Brunt 6, Banton 6, Lee 7.
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