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Newport match report
29 August 2015 17:58 Post ID: #71385
A well deserved win against a battling but very average Newport team. Another win and second in the league table - nose bleed time!

Argyle played some great attacking football and should have made the game a lot easier from the 20 attempts on goal and in the end, as is the case with a slender lead, we were hanging on a bit waiting for the final whistle.

Carl McHugh and especially Harim Boateng dominated the midfield with both Argyle full-backs having a lot of possession in the attacking third. Graham Carey's goal just before half time came from a throw-in helped on by Ryan Brunt, leaving Carey to thump it into the net.

Tactically Argyle boss Derek Adams didn't change a lot for this game, he kept to his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation but did switch to 4-4-2 very late in the game to preserve the 1-0 lead.

Reuben Reid, Josh Simpson and James Bittner were missing from the squad and Gregg Wylde had to settle for a place on the bench after recovering from injury.

McHugh was booked in the first minute and did well to play the rest of the game with no words from the referee.
Luke McCormick had to make two good saves from long distance during the early stages of the first half, the first from John-Lewis was especially good with Peter Hartley mopping up the rebound.

Argyle got a grip on the game through the midfield, Boateng was everywhere and had his best game in an Argyle shirt.
Kelvin Mellor and Gary Sawyer saw lots of the ball and were almost playing as wingers. Usually with the 4-2-3-1 formation the opposition exploits the space in front of the full-backs but not today because Mellor and Sawyer were pushed forward to close down the space and play in the attacking third of the pitch.

McHugh had a chance with a cheeky flick that flew just past the post and Brunt had a cross-shot from a difficult angle just miss the far post and go wide for a goal-kick.
We were playing some fantastic football, switching the play from right to left but for all the pleasing football and possession it was still 0-0.

Craig Tanner and Jake Jervis swapped wings and just when it looked like the first half would be a stalemate Brunt and Carey combined from a Sawyer throw and the midfielder scored what proved to be the winning goal.

The second half was more of the same, we kept knocking on Newport's door with chance after chance but still had to keep our own back door firmly locked.
Carey hit the crossbar and Hartley had a shot well saved from a Carey free-kick.

Wylde replaced Tanner after which the game went a bit flat, the crowd suddenly raised the tempo and atmosphere and the team responded with more waves of attacks. Newport were throwing caution to the wind and pushing players forward leaving Wylde, Brunt and Jervis 3 v 3 at the back but we couldn't manage the killer second goal.

Newport brought on Zak Ansah who received a very good round of applause and it was him who hit McCormick's crossbar.

We saw out the two minutes of injury time and claimed the win.
On another day it could have been 4 or 5 to us, on another day Newport could have scored a last minute equaliser but today we'll settle for a 1-0 win!

Brunt battled well upfront on his own, he lacks the pace that Reid brings to the team, however he held the ball up well against a tall and strong centre-back.
Carey was in and out of the game, although his set-pieces are superb and once again he delivered the goods for the team.

Tanner had a good game but tends to run into traffic and loses the ball.
Curtis Nelson and Hartley were strong and McCormick made a couple of excellent early saves.

Mellor and Sawyer both had very good games, firstly as defenders but also adding a new dimension as out-and-out attackers, almost as wingers.

The star of the show was Boateng, he ran the game from midfield, whenever he was closed he did a hop, a skip and a jump and he was free and running at the Newport defence. His passing, closing down and tackling was second to none.

Newport lack a cutting edge up front, they are a battling team with little skill and it's no shock that they are bottom of League Two.

Another good referee, he didn't really get anything wrong.

Once again the crowd appreciated the football on show and really got behind the team.

Man of the match - Boateng.

Argyle 1- 0 Newport.
Carey 43.

Attn: 7,811.
McCormick 7, Mellor 8, Nelson 7, Hartley 7, Sawyer 8, McHugh 7, Boateng 9, Carey 7, Tanner 6 (Wylde 6), Jervis 7, Brunt 7.
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