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Grimsby match report
19 November 2016 18:09 Post ID: #71935
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Argyle's 14 game unbeaten league run crashed and burned with a 3-0 defeat against a very good Grimsby Town team at Home Park.

A poor performance and result was always likely to happen at some point, it's how we react in the next game that matters. We still top League Two but the lead of seven points has been cut to four.

There is no disgrace in losing to a very good Grimsby team, the first two goals came from two looping high balls into the penalty area that we didn't deal with and the third came after McCormick hesitated and allowed the Grimsby striker through on goal.

Manager Derek Adams tried to repeatedly change formations and tactics during the game but nothing worked and when he switched to 4-4-2 and replaced Craig Tanner the game was gone, up until that point Tanner was our best player so once he was surprisingly subbed any attacking momentum went out the window, our attacks were about as rare as a Plymouth road with no roadworks on it!

Paul Arnie Garita manfully tried to play the lone striker role but he's clearly not fit enough and not the battering ram we all wanted, to compound our misery left-back Ben Purrington finished the game with an injury, he's probably the only player after Graham Carey we can do without.

Jimmy Spencer suffered a broken ankle in training late in the week so all the match preparation undertaken during the week was disrupted.

Carey moved back into his central role and Tanner moved to the right side and it was he who had our best chances.
We had the best of the first 20 minutes and should have been 2-0 up but Tanner hit the side netting from a tight angle and then had a goal bound shot blocked.

With Jordan Slew struggling to get into the game and Carey not at his best Grimsby took control of the second half of the first half.
Unlike most visiting teams to Home Park Grimsby were willing to attack us, it did help us to counter attack but it also meant we had to defend well and we didn't.

On the stroke of half time Berrett put in a looping cross to the far post and there was Collins almost on the goal line jumping above two Argyle defenders to head in via the post.

We didn't really come out of the traps for the second half although Carey was starting to get more involved.
It was Carey who had our first shot on target with a long range free kick that was easily saved.
By now Adams had had enough of Slew and replaced him with Jake Jervis, he played on the right, Tanner moved into the centre and Carey, as he did at Crewe, moved to the left.

Tanner was able to find space and looked our best player.

Just as David Goodwillie was about to be brought on Grimsby extended their lead with a second goal, it was another high cross that we didn't deal with and Bogle headed in. 2-0.

Goodwillie then came on for Tanner and the team switched to 4-4-2. I can understand Adams changing his tactics but another player instead of Tanner should have been sacrificed.

Nothing much changed, we tried hard but the spark and energy just wasn't there.

The anonymous Garita was given the hook and on came Louis Rooney. At the start of the day who would have predicted we would finish this game with a strike force of Goodwillie and Rooney?

Late in the game Grimsby scored a third when Songo'o played them onside, keeper Luke McCormick hesitated on a through ball and Bogle went around him and scored his second goal.
Half empty Home Park became empty.

We should just put this behind us and move on. Obviously there will be talk of the team imploding as the class of 2015-2016 did but this bunch of players have more bottle.

We have three big strikers but none of them are fully fit, we have to hope that Garita can soldier through until either the transfer window or hope that Ryan Brunt returns early. Spencer is three months away from fitness.
Carey was clearly frustrated during the match and often asked Garita to give more.

Ryan Donaldson did ok alongside David Fox, Yann Songo'o will make a mistake or two during a game and Sonny Bradley is not at his bullish best.

Hopefully Purrington is ok and will be able to play against Barnet.
Let's hope Tanner also plays against Barnet, he deserves to after his performance today.

Man of the match - Tanner.

McCormick 4, Miller 6, Songo'o 5, Bradley 6, Purrington 7, Fox 6, Donaldson 6, Carey 6, Tanner 8, Slew 4, Garita 5. Subs - Jervis 6, Goodwillie 5, Rooney 5.

Well played Grimsby, backed by great and noisy support.
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