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Colchester match report
29 October 2016 18:14 Post ID: #71913
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Substitute Ryan Donaldson scored a late dramatic winner for Argyle in a 2-1 win against Colchester.

We had the kind of luck that always comes the way of teams at the top.

It was 1-1, the game was entering the latter stages, we were struggling for a goal and we needed a lifeline. Unfortunately for referee Kevin Johnson he was accidently clattered into by Jimmy Spencer and went down injured, as he fell he waved his arms and he initially looked to be joking as some refs do when bumped into by a player but it soon became apparent that his injury was serious.
The medical team took an age to get onto the pitch and give the ref some treatment but in that 15 minute break manager Derek Adams regrouped his players and from the restart Donaldson chased down a back pass to the keeper Walker, the clearance hit Donaldson and the ball bounced and swerved into far corner of the net. Unbelievable.

Johnson might not like taking charge of Argyle games because he was the ref at Leyton Orient last season but had to be replaced at half time because of injury.

We were not at our best during the game as shown by Colchester having more attempts on goal than us and our only two shots on target were the two goals.
Graham Carey's performance mirrored the teams but he still provided yet another assist.
But despite not playing well we grabbed the win which is always the sign of a good team.

Adams kept the same starting 11 from the Newport game with Carey on the right and Craig Tanner in the hole behind Spencer. This was changed after 10 minutes with Carey barely touching the ball, he moved to the left and Jordan Slew went to the right side.

The move worked because Carey threaded a ball into Tanner who slotted into the far corner. 1-0.
In the build up to that goal Colchester's Wright went down injured as though he had been shot, we carried on playing because the referee has the final say on whether to stop the game and Wright didn't have an head injury.
While we all celebrated the goal the Colchester players were moaning at the ref and after receiving treatment Wright was running around with no problem. The Wycombe-style tactics didn't work for him.

After the goal we looked a confident team and surely the second goal wasn't far away.

Another goal was scored in the first half but it wasn't by Argyle.
Colchester beat the offside trap (he was definitely onside) and Porter was fouled by Sonny Bradley. Slater took the 25-yard free-kick and easily beat Luke McCormick to level the game.

The U's could have had a second when a cross zipped across the six yard box.

The second half continued in much the same way and credit to Colchester because they are a good footballing side and always looked to attack.

Jake Jervis replaced Slew and went to the right side but the move made little difference.

With 15 minutes remaining Donaldson came on for Tanner and Adams switched to a 4-4-2 line-up.

And then came that bad injury to the ref.
The break in the game helped us and at the re-start Donaldson closed down the keeper to score that lucky and dramatic goal. Winning goals like that win titles.

Colchester didn't give up and made three attacking substitutions but we weathered several late corners to get the win on a day when points mean more than the performance.

I thought Ben Purrington had an excellent game and man of the match. He's matured into a very good left back, mixing good defensive play with overlapping attacks.

Sonny Bradley and Nauris Bultvitis were solid although Bully had one of those games where his distribution wasn't the best.

Spencer had a thankless task up front but battled well for the team.
Slew went missing for large periods of the game, we needed more from him.

If Carey doesn't play, we don't play and that was proven today, he got very frustrated and received a yellow card for a late tackle. And yet, he shows his class with an assist for Tanner's goal.

David Fox had another good game knitting it altogether in midfield and Yann Songo'o did the dirty work alongside him. Tanner was unlucky to be subbed although that might have been about fitness and a change in formation.

Donaldson does influence games when he plays, he made his mark at Orient with a goal and supplied a vital touch for the second goal against Portsmouth and today scored the winner. He's surely pushing for a starting place before he gets labelled as Supersub.

Man of the match: Purrington.

McCormick 6, Miller 6, Bultivis 6, Bradley 7, Purrington 8, Songo'o 6, Fox 7, Carey 6, Slew 5, Tanner 7, Spencer 6. Subs Donaldson 8, Jervis 5, Smith 6.

Hopefully Kevin Johnson will be ok.
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