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AFC Wimbledon match report
08 August 2015 22:42 Post ID: #71355
Argyle weathered an early storm from AFC Wimbledon in the blistering heat at Kingsmeadow to win the game 2-0.

New Argyle manager Derek Adams saw his team start the new season with a fantastic win against a robust Wimbledon team, not too dis-similar from the old Wimbledon team who were also big and powerful.

Adams played a 4-2-3-1 formation with Carl McHugh and Harim Boateng as two sitting midfielders while Reuben Reid played as a lone striker flanked by Jake Jervis and Gregg Wylde.

Wimbledon won a succession of early corners and put huge pressure on the Argyle defence. Crosses flew across Luke McCormick’s goal and high balls were put into the area.
The Greens, who were wearing the awful lilac shirt, survived the early onslaught and once centre-backs Peter Hartley and Curtis Nelson got to grips with the high balls pumped up to Akinfenwa (he’s even bigger this season) they were able to get the ball down and play and get Reid, Graham Carey and Wylde more involved.

Wimbledon, who must have the loudest PA system in the Football League, always slowed the game down at corners, goal kicks and throw-ins despite being the home team, an odd tactic!

Wimbledon were struggling to combat Argyle’s attacking play with Reid at the centre of everything.
Carey had the fortune of a loose ball going his way, he found Jervis who made a superb cross to the far post where Wylde met it on the volley to thump the ball into the roof of the net. Sweet as a nut. 1-0 to the lilacs!

We sealed the win early in the second half with a long range strike from Carey skimming the head of a defender along the way before nestling in the net. A thing of beauty!
The players again ran to the fans but Nelson pulled them back into position to concentrate on the re-start.

Argyle controlled the game from that point and looked a confident team, although there were some late scares with a few long range shots from Wimbledon and McHugh also heading off the line. Carey gave the ball away in the penalty area but got away with it.
Boateng also made a fantastic block in the closing stages when it looked like a shot would beat McCormick.

Overall a well deserved win with the Greens standing up early doors against a powerful Wimbledon team, surviving that pressure enabled the team to play the game their way with Wylde and Jervis looking to receive the ball early and get the team up the pitch.

Boateng was different class and my man of the match, he dominated the midfield.

Reid had a different role compared to last season. Last season he ran the channels in the wide areas and also came back to defend the near post at corners.
In this game Reid played just as a central striker, within the width of the penalty area and rarely strayed into the wide areas where Jervis and Wylde operated.
Reid also stays up front when we defend a corner when you'd think Wylde is the more obvious choice. It seems Adams is cleverly saving Reid's energy.

McCormick 7, Mellor 7, Nelson 7, Hartley 7, Sawyer 7, McHugh 7, Boateng 8, Carey 7, Wylde 7, Jervis , Reid 7.
Subs Purrington 6, Tanner 6, Brunt 6.

Man of the match: Boateng.
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