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Notts County match report
11 October 2015 22:10 Post ID: #71442
A Smash and grab job on Notts County pushed Argyle back to the top of League Two.

Striker Reuben Reid got the two goals that sealed the win against County with the goals coming appropriately in the minutes 18,86, the year PAFC was founded!

Notts County may have dominated possession but they couldn't break down Argyle's strong defensive line and also couldn't cope with Reid up front. A strong back four and the best keeper and striker in League Two should be enough to keep the Greens in the top three of League Two for most of the season.

We were not at our best against County by a long way but dug-in, battled and defended well and when we have Reid up front we always have a chance to win a game.
Reid was at his best for this game, battling, running, holding up play and crucially scoring two goals.

For the armchair fans - we don't always play this bad!
We saw this type of performance so many times under Paul Sturrock - not playing well, conceding possession and looking second best but somehow scratching out a win.

We started out with the favoured 4-2-3-1 formation with Craig Tanner and Josh Simpson keeping their place in the team while Gary Sawyer replaced Ben Purrington at left back.

Notts County dominated possession during the first half, our midfield of Harim Boateng and Simpson were anonymous while Jake Jervis and especially Tanner were spectators.

Midfield pair Aborah and Smith controlled the game for County and only some good saves from McCormick kept us in the game with aid of a post on one occasion.

Against the run of play we scored! A long kick found Reid, he turned the defender and shot across the keeper. 1-0, it was that simple.

Despite being ahead Argyle manager Derek Adams wasn't afraid to change systems and replaced Gregg Wylde with Carl McHugh and went to a 4-3-3 formation to strengthen the over run midfield.

The new tactics didn't initially work and it was much the same for most of the second half. Good defending kept County at bay and our goal led a charmed life.

The introduction of Carey gave us some momentum and we finally started to threaten going forward. Although the bizarre decision to move Aborah from midfield into the County defence helped Argyle's cause.
The result was a second goal by Reid, his initial shot was well saved but Jervis pulled the ball back and Reid slotted home. 2-0 to the Greens.
Huge credit to Carey for playing a great ball over the top of the County defence into Reid.

Soon after Reid had a chance for a hat trick, however his shot was saved by Loach in the Notts goal.

The back four were magnificent - strong in the tackle and resolute, Hartley and Nelson must be the best centre-back pairing in League Two. McCormick pulled off several good saves, while the midfield had a very average game with Boateng being replaced by Carey.
We must remember that Boateng is only aged 19 and will blow hot and cold but he's still a classy player.

We should also remember that football isn't just about fancy attacking play, it's also about great defending and battling for the win and we showed this in spades against County.

Tanner and the unfortunate Wylde couldn't get into the game, let's hope Tanner's excellent performance against Exeter wasn't a one off.

Reid was easily our best player, he got through so much work and showed his class with the two goals.

Two goals, three points and top of the league, let's not worry too much about the performance.

Man of the Match Reid.

McCormick 7, Mellor 7, Nelson 7, Hartley 7, Sawyer 7, Simpson 5, Boateng 5, Tanner 5, Jervis 6, Wylde 5, Reid 8. Subs McHugh 6, Carey 7, Brunt n/a.
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