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Crewe match report
29 April 2017 18:04 Post ID: #72123
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Late second half goals gave Argyle a 2-1 win against Crewe and moved the Greens to the Top of League Two.

The stuff of Champions!

Ryan Taylor in the 74th minute and Nathan Blissett in the 79th were on target to grab a come-from-behind win against Crewe, who took a 6th minute lead through James Jones.

From looking down and out and losing to winning and climbing to top of the league, the game was a typical example of Argyle's season - a sheer will to win!

It was an incredible finish to a game, the last 15 minutes will live long in the memory, there were fantastic scenes at the final whistle when everyone knew we were top of the league.

Will "championes" be ringing out around Grimsby next week?

At one point during the game we were third, now we have a great chance of winning the title, in fact Doncaster or Portsmouth can also finish top.

Crewe should have buried us during the first half but missed a host of chances, manager Derek Adams changed formations several times during the game to find a way past a very good footballing team, in the end it was a miss hit shot from Gary Sawyer that fell to Taylor to thump home and then a superb cross from Graham Carey that was headed in by Blissett to spark incredible scenes at Home Park.

Arnie Garita, Craig Tanner, Ryan Donaldson and Nauris Bulvitis were all missing from the original squad but Matty Kennedy returned to the starting line-up and Sonny Bradley was deemed fit enough for the bench.

Despite being named in the starting eleven and having his name read out over the PA system Oscar Threlkeld didn't start the game after picking up an injury during the warm-up, Gary Miller came into the team and Donaldson quickly changed into his kit to take his place on the bench.

The late change seemed to unsettle the team and especially Miller who had a very poor start to the game.
It was his poor header when defending a corner that allowed Jones to smash in an excellent goal from the edge of the area.
It was the first goal we had conceded from a corner since moving to the zonal making system against Exeter in February.

We just couldn't get going, passes were going astray, mistakes were made and there was no momentum.

Luke McCormick made a good save from a swirling cross-shot and there were several crosses that just needed a final touch from a Crewe player, we should have been at least three goals down.

Carey was having a bad game and his frustration showed when he clipped a Crewe player, another ref might have given a red card but Trevor Kettle just gave Carey a lecture, the ref was weak throughout the game, in this instance it favoured Carey but other times he needed to be stronger with the Crewe players.

We finished the first half with hardly a shot on target and a 4-4-2 formation with Jake Jervis partnering Taylor up front.

For the second half Blissett replaced Jervis as Adams again when for a 4-4-2 formation and also instructed his players to play the long ball to Taylor and Blissett. It didn't work because Crewe still contained us, we were not helped by a few mistakes from Yann Songo'o that allowed Crewe to attack us.

Songo'o was replaced by Player of the Season Bradley, not many managers would change a defender while losing a game.

As the second half continued news filtered through that Doncaster were losing, the players responded with some sustained pressure and a header from Blissett was tipped over the bar.

With the fans right behind them the team grabbed the equaliser.
A Carey corner was cleared to Sawyer, his miss hit shot fell to Taylor to thump in from close range. 1-1 and Home Park erupted.

It was now all Argyle and five minutes later Blissett scored a possible title decinding winner.
Carey delivered the best cross of the game and there was Blissett to head in and spark incredible scenes.
We were on course for third position and yet now amazingly we were top of the league!

Crewe had late pressure with several corners but there was Bradley to head clear on each occasion, as he so often does.

The final whistle was met with players hugging each other and fans cheering. It was a fantastic finish to the game.

The Crewe manager David Artell spent the entire game moaning at the fourth official and the referee, this continued despite a warning from the ref.

No player was at his best today but as we've seen this season whenever we are second best we have that extra bit of quality to win games, Carey's cross for the winning goal was fantastic, Bradley's clearing headers kept Crewe at bay, Taylor's finish to equalise and Blissett's header were all quality moments to win a game that perhaps we shouldn't have.
The sheer will to win despite not playing well has been the story of the season.

Man of the match: Taylor.

McCormick 7, Miller 5, Songo'o 5, Sokolik 6, Sawyer 6, Fox 7, Sarcevic 7, Carey 6, Jervis 5, Kennedy 6, Taylor 8. Subs: Bradley 7, Blissett 7, Slew n/a.
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