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Morecambe match report
31 October 2015 18:00 Post ID: #71468
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Argyle stretched their lead to 5 points at the top of League Two with a dominant 2-0 win against Morecambe at Home Park.

We were better than Morecambe in every department. Passing, tackling, shape, skill and especially work rate and should have scored more goals.
Five points clear at the top of the league before the end of October is a fantastic achievement for a new team and manager.

The team look so confident and assured, not arrogance at all because the confidence is backed up with good honest work rate typified when Craig Tanner ran nearly the length of the pitch to stop a counter attack from our corner.

It's no accident that Morecambe were caught offside several times with Luke McCormick shouting to push up, it's no accident that Graham Carey's corners provide threat, it's no accident that if a defender pushes forward Cark McHugh will drop back to cover and it was no accident that Jake Jervis and Tanner played on the opposite wings their favoured foot prefers because our attacking attacking threat came from these players cutting inside, highlighted by the goal from Tanner.
All this comes from the training ground and homework, even when Morecambe made their subs Paul Wotton and Derek Adams opened the Argyle great big book of tactics to inform the players who to mark.

Gregg Wylde was missing for this game and with Rueben Reid also out the injuries are stacking up and it looked like Peter Hartley, Jervis and Gary Sawyer were carrying injuries towards the end of the game with Boateng already subbed with a leg injury.

We got off to an excellent start with a third minute goal from Carey. Tanner passed to him inside, Carey cut inside and let fly with a left foot shot that nestled in the corner. The Morecambe keeper Roche didn't move an inch.

The second goal followed soon after and it was a similar cracking goal. Tanner received the ball on the left, he moved inside onto his favoured left foot and aimed just an inch or two wider that Carey's effort and the ball hit the far post and again kissed the net. 2-0, just how many would we score?

McHugh was snuffing out any danger from Morecambe, sweeping up just in front of the back four while at the other end we were queuing up to score - Jervis had a shot saved, Hartley hit the side netting, Tanner had another "cut inside" shot that was saved, Carey tried his luck from long range that sailed just over.

Apart from the two goals the main talking point of the first half was the penalty that should have been given when Jervis was brought down but it seems linesman are just there to flag for offsides and throw-ins these days.

The second half was much the same with Carey the conductor of the orchestra, his passing and work rate was phenomenal including a flick from his left foot wrapped around his right foot! #showboat

One move nearly ended with goal of the season - the play started at the back, moved to the left and then out to the right, pass and move all the way before a cross found Ryan Brunt but he headed just wide. Fantastic play!

Chances were still created but not taken, largely due to Roche making several good saves.

Morecambe rarely threatened but there was a nagging doubt that if they somehow grabbed a goal we would be hanging on at the death, one chance bobbled in the area from a lucky rebound but the Morecambe player shot over from close range, as it was we professionally closed out the game.

Not one player had a bad game and it would be difficult to pick a Man of the Match, however Carey gets it for me, simply class.

Curtis Nelson and Peter Hartley were as strong as ever, the two full backs provided most of the width - Sawyer was bombing forward more than usual.
McHugh again had a good game and his passing is getting better and better, Brunt, as at Luton, didn't see a lot of the ball but he battled and gave the attack a focal point.

Tanner gave the team some pace and scored a cracking goal but his tracking back 70 yards to stop a Morecambe attack and possibly a goal was just as important.
McCormick didn't have a lot to do, he was well shielded by the defence and the midfield.

Overall, impressive skill, closing down, playing as a team, keeping shape and most of all the fantastic work rate.

Well played, who can catch us?

Man of the match - Carey.

McCormick 7, Mellor 8, Nelson 8, Hartley 8, Sawyer 7, McHugh 8, Boateng 7, Carey 9, Tanner 8, Jervis 7, Brunt 7. Subs: Simpson 7, Threlkeld n/a, Purrington n/a.
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