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Cambridge match report
01 May 2016 00:19 Post ID: #71685
Argyle's 2-2 draw at Cambridge ended any hopes of an automatic promotion place.

The Greens will now have to go through the play-offs against Portsmouth.

A decent second half followed a scrappy first half and right at the death Boateng had two good chances to win the game but somehow missed. It was easier to score.

Derek Adams played with three centre backs in a 3-5-2 formation despite warming up before the game as a flat back four.
McHugh slotted in between Nelson and Hartley.

Sawyer struggled as a wing back getting forward and Mellor, while good at going forward, wasn't so good defensively as a wing back.

We were not helped by ref Trevor Kettle who was fussy and often gave 50 50 challenges to Cambridge.
Houghton, Jervis and Boateng struggled for the first 45 minutes.

The second half was a lot better with Boateng and Houghton more involved. The gamble of playing McHugh back fired early in the second half when he was replaced because of injury by Forster.

Cambridge didn't really threaten us and didn't look like a team with a chance of the play-offs.

Adams swapped it around and went for 4-2-3-1 although Hartley was injured anyway.
The change in formation helped us and an excellent through ball by Houghton sent Matt down the channel and he finished from a tight angle. 1-0.

Soon after Matt headed just over.

Cambridge scored two quick goals late in the game through Williamson and Spencer, both originated down our left side. Sawyer struggled, at least on the first goal.

Throwing caution to the wind we pushed forward and a great run by Mellor set up Carey who finished into the far corner. 2-2 with just a few minutes to go.

Right at the end Boateng had two glorious chances but missed. The story of our season.

Houghton and Boateng were passengers for the first half, Carey tried hard but most things didn't come off until his goal. Matt's work rate was phenomenal.

The ref had a shocker.

Our rivals get the wins when it matters and we haven't.

Man of the match: Matt.

McCormick 7, Mellor 6, Nelson 6, Hartley 6, McHugh 7, Sawyer 5, Houghton 5, Boateng 5, Carey 6, Jervis 5, Matt 7. Subs Tanner 6, Forster 6, Wylde 5.

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