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Hartlepool match report
07 May 2016 18:05 Post ID: #71692
Argyle ended the regular season with a 5-0 thumping of Hartlepool at Home Park and finish fifth in League Two.

A nice easy end of season romp with all five goals scored by players who have come through the Argyle youth system.

Hartlepool are a poor team who we easily brushed aside despite playing with several players who wouldn't usually play in the starting eleven. With no yellow cards or bad tackles it was an easy game to referee.

Three of the goals were crackers, two from Tyler Harvey and one solo goal from Louis Rooney.

Despite the easy win manager Derek Adams was the most animated I've seen all season, he was constantly standing in the technical area, directing, jumping and shouting, almost as though he was actually playing in the game.

And after light years fighting battles in the universe the Stormtrooper today found a new enemy - the Home Park Steward!
The Hartlepool fans dressed as Stormtroopers for this game and joined in the carnival easy going atmosphere by cheering each of Argyle's five goals and yet the Argyle stewards gave them all a hard time for not sitting down!

Adams kept faith with his 4-2-3-1 formation and gave debuts to keeper Dorel and young striker Rooney and both stole the show.
On his debut Rooney had to play the role of the loan striker and despite his small size he did well in shielding the ball and laying off.
Harvey, who was playing the Graham Carey role behind the striker, scored after just six minutes and what a fantastic goal it was.
He was 25 yards out when he just turned and hit the ball low into the far corner right out of the blue and a surprise to everyone.
Credit to Rooney as well because it was his chasing down that allowed the ball to find its way to Harvey.

Former Argyle Nathan Thomas was on the wing for Hartlepool and received a good applause from the Argyle fans but his performance was a typical Thomas display - trying too many Hollywood shots, giving the ball away and moaning at his team mates. It was no surprise that he was eventually subbed, besides Sawyer had him his pocket for most of the game.

Thomas did play a part in our second goal and can claim an assist, he gave the ball away, Gregg Wylde raced away almost the length of the pitch and clipped in a great cross to the far post to Harvey, somehow keeping pace with Wylde, who tapped from close range. Cheers Nathan! 2-0.

Three more goals followed in the second half.

Rooney battled for a long ball with a centre-back almost twice his height, the ball sat up invitingly and from 25 yards out he thumped in a cracking shot into the top corner. 3-0!

Harvey claimed an assist when his corner was met by Curtis Nelson (youth product number three to score) who headed in at the far post. 4-0.

Young defender Jordan Bentley made his debut replacing Nelson, who worryingly was limping before he was subbed.

Hartlepool did manage some efforts on target but Vincent Dorel was equal to everything thrown at him and made at least three excellent saves.

Carey also joined in the end of season fun, taking over from Boateng, followed by Matt coming on for Wylde and Rooney moving to a wide position.

The fifth goal was actually a shot from Carey that was blocked and rebounded to Rooney who headed in from a tight angle. 5-0.

Credit to the players who took their chance, although in a more important game against stronger opposition the scoreline and feel for the game would obviously be a lot different.

There wasn't a player who had a bad game.
Dorel's handling and kicking was excellent and he made several very good saves, he's not the biggest of keepers in terms of height and bulk so may struggle against more robust teams. Will Adams play him in the play-off games?

Boateng and Ben Purrington had good games in midfield, Jordon Forster was very strong at the back, could he replace Hartley against Portsmouth?

Wylde and Craig Tanner were in and out of the game, we should have utilised them more.

The stars of the show were Rooney and Harvey.
Harvey has the knack in finding space between opposition defence and midfield, he understandably faded as the game wore on but controlled the first half on his own.
Rooney ran the channels well up front and deserved his goals, both were opportunist goals. Both players deserve a place on the play-off bench.

Given the likelihood of a big win it might have been worth including two more young players on the bench to make up the full quota of seven subs, in the end Carey and Jamille Matt were risked when there was no need.

Seven of the 15 match day squad all came through the youth system.

Well played lads.

Man of the match: Rooney.

Dorel 8, Mellor, 7, Nelson 7, Forster 7, Sawyer 7, Boateng 7, Purrington 7, Wylde 7, Tanner 7, Harvey 8, Rooney 8. Subs: Carey 7, Bentley 6, Matt n/a.
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