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17 September 2016 17:29 Post ID: #71845
Two first half goals was enough for Argyle to beat Exeter City 2-0 in the Devon Derby at St James' Park.

All of the pre-match talk in the hysterical local media was about former Argyle striker Reuben Reid signing for Exeter, with the Argyle team that had reached the top of League Two completely forgotten about, today the team did their talking on the pitch.

There was an unsavoury incident at the final whistle when Reid sought out Argyle defender Sonny Bradley and leaned into him, before Bradley could retaliate Luke McCormick separated the two players and mananger Derek Adams then ushered the Argyle players towards the fans to celebrate the win and not concentrate on Reuben Reid.

The win was Argyle's seventh in succession.

Adams kept faith with the starting line-up from the previous game against Cambridge, this meant Graham Carey played on the right and Craig Tanner played the usual Carey role through the middle.

The Greens were dominant early on, the Exeter defence looked very poor and couldn't handle the pace and power of Paul Arnold Garita.
The Exeter fans had one chant in their big bank songbook, well it was more like abuse than a chant, and it was aimed at Argyle keeper McCormick, why don't they try cheering their team rather than concentrating on the opposition players?

The first goal after just six minutes was a cracker, Tanner put in a low cross from the left, Garita controlled the ball and laid it off to Carey who hit a difficult ball into the top corner. All hell broke out in the away end with the players piled up in front of the fans with Carey bottom of the heap.

Exeter had a lot of possession and created several chances but their weak spot was their defence. We exploited this by playing long to Garita and the second goal came from this game plan.
Garita chased a long ball, muscled past two defenders and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper. 2-0 and hopefully game over.

Bradley nearly made it 3-0 with a header that it the post while at the other end Simpson somehow missed from six yards out and McCormick made two good saves.

Exeter bizarrely kicked the ball out to make a substitution and under instructions from Adams the Argyle players didn't return the ball from the throw-in, this lead to a feisty end of the first half.

Jake Jervis replaced Jordan Slew at half time and Carey moved into the middle and Tanner moved to the right.

Disaster struck after just five minutes when Garita went off injured, his replacement David Goodwillie did a good job as his replacement but the team now lacked pace and strength up front.

Reid entered the game with 30-odd minutes left and Bradley gave him a lovely welcome with a nudge in his side.

Argyle were content to sit back and play on the counter attack.

Holmes hit the post for Exeter but there were few alarms for the Argyle defence where Bradley and Bulvitis were excellent.

Late in the game chances fell for Goodwillie and Tanner but the third goal proved elusive. Nevermind, the game was won.

Nearly all the team had a good game but the standout players were Garita, Carey, Tanner and Bradley. The team is rock solid, has height, muscle, technical skill and attacking players - a potent combination.

Win number eight next week?

Reuben who?

Man of the match - Garita.

McCormick 7, Miller 5, Bully 7, Bradley 8, Purrington 7, Songo'o 7, Fox 6, Carey 8, Tanner 8, Slew 6, Garita 9. Subs Jervis 7, Threlkeld 7, Goodwillie 7.
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