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Accrington match report
17 October 2015 17:54 Post ID: #71449
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Argyle overcame a very good Accrington team to win 1-0 thanks to striker Reuben Reid.

A cracking game of football and we did very well to beat an excellent Accrington, the best team I've seen this season, home or away.

A half-time scoreline of 4-2 to Accrington would have been a fair reflection of the way the first 45 minutes went, however despite the neat passing style it was Argyle who imposed ourselves onto Accrington for the second courtesy of two half time substitutions and it was a moment of brilliant technical skill from Reid that won the game.

At times our goal led a charmed life, Accrington hit the woodwork twice and Luke McCormick made several very good saves, we were also helped that Accrington bizarrely subbed their best player Josh Windass during the second half.

We now have a healthy seven point lead over the play-off places and it looks like the League Two promotion season is panning out as Battle of the Ports with Portsmouth right behind us.

Argyle manager Derek Adams selected the same starting 11 from the Notts County game with Graham Carey still nursing an injury and had to settle for a place on the bench.

We had the first chance of the game when Jake Jervis raced away and his angled shot was pushed away by the giant Mooney in the Accrington goal, surely he's the tallest keeper in League Two?

Soon after Curtis Nelson made a brilliant tackle just as Windass was about to pull the trigger, a goal saving tackle if ever there was one.
Straight back down the other end and Josh Simpson was denied when his 18-yard shot was saved, still the early action wasn't finished because Crooks forced a good save from McCormick.
It could have been 2-2 within the first 10 minutes.

Accrington caused us problems with their passing game, they played with one striker in Kee who wasn't the biggest but he held the ball up well allowing the midfield runners to ghost past our midfield.
If teams play a passing game our 4-2-3-1 formation struggles to cope with the front four of Reid, Jervis, Tanner and Wylde often left watching from a distance.

McCormick was the busier keeper but couldn't stop a shot from McConville, luckily for us the shot hit the crossbar and was cleared.
Towards the end of the first half we started to close down better and stop Accrington from passing.

For the second half Adams replaced Craig Tanner and Harim Boateng for Carey and Carl McHugh although the formation stayed the same.
The result was that McHugh, helped by the excellent Simpson, grabbed hold of the midfield and Carey's passing got the team moving forward, especially little balls into Reid's feet.

Accrington still had chances and again McCormick had to be alert with some good saves but the momentum Accrington had in the first half was gone.
We didn't allow Accrington any space, closed down their midfield triangles and also stopped their short corner routine which caused us problems during the first 45.

The goal came about when Gregg Wylde raced clear of the Accrington defence but was brought down. Carey lofted the free-kick into the area, the ball was headed away and their was Reid at the back of the penalty area to volley into the far corner of the net.
It was fantastic technical skill from Reid, not only to hit the ball on the volley but also to clear the defenders and the giant keeper and hit the target.
He's our match winner once again.

Soon after Reid picked up an injury chasing down a short Accrington corner and was replaced by Ryan Brunt.

Late in the game Accrington again hit the crossbar and the feeling was that they would never score today and that for this season Lady Luck is wearing Green.

To beat a very good Accrington team just shows how good we are and deservedly top of the table.
Accrington have a very good away record, play a good passing style of football - no time wasting or using the black arts for them - and yet we beat them!

The back four stuck to their job and rode their luck, Nelson had a few scary moments and a slip from Peter Hartley nearly gave away a goal except Nelson made a brilliant tackle.

McCormick was was simply very good he made some excellent saves, his kicking was good and looked the total professional.

Boateng struggled against the Accrington midfield, Simpson had a good game especially when partnered with McHugh.
Tanner was in and out of the game, he's when running with the ball, however he doesn't bring a passing style to the team like Carey does.
Jervis and Wylde had good games in the wide areas, Wylde's pace was our best counter attacking answer to Accrington's passing.

It was strange how Accrington subbed Windass who was running the show for them.

Ultimately, the win came down to class from Reid and McCormick, probably the best striker and keeper in League Two.

I hope Accrington get promoted simply for playing attractive passing football.

Man of the match: McCormick.

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