Saturday, 9 October 2010

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 94 minutes

Charlton want the three points and are throwing men forwards in search of a late, late winner. Their search is in vain however, as the referee brings the game to an end.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - Goal!


More poor defending gifts Charlton an equaliser, Paul Benson netting his second of the game with a tap-in after the ball is allowed to travel right through the Argyle penalty area. It's no less than the visitors deserve, but Peter Reid will be tearing his hair as his side toss away two points.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 87 minutes

Clever play from Wright-Phillips wins a corner for Argyle, knocking the ball behind off Christian Dailly. The Addicks clear, but that wasted a few precious seconds.

The visitors remain an attacking threat though, with Reid and Martin rampaging down the flanks. Romain Larrieu calms some Green nerves, however, showing confidence to come off his line and pluck a cross out of the air.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic -Goal!

Duguid is on, replacing Stephens rather than Noone. That seems a little strange as the winger has been limping for a whi...


Out of nowhere Yala Bolasie smashes the ball past the helpless Rob Elliot. The pacy forward almost takes his shirt of in celebration, then realises that he'll get a booking an changes his mind at the last moment. Can the Pilgrims hang on? There's little over five minutes left to play...

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 80 minutes

Karl Duguid is readying himself to join the action, presumably in place of the limping Noone, allowing Stephens to move back to right-midfield.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 75 minutes

Both Argyle full-backs go into the referee's notebook in quick succession, as Stephens and Molyneux foul their opposing wingers, Martin and Reid. Quarter of an hour left on the clock, and the Pilgrims are really hanging on for a point.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 72 minutes

Craig Noone goes into the book after clipping Kiel Walker. That's Nooney's fourth booking of the season, and we're only in the second week of October. Thankfully for Argyle, the resulting free kick is overhit and lands safely behind Romain Larrieu's goal.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 68

Peter Reid makes his first tactical change of the afternoon, throwing on Yala Bolasie in place of Steve Maclean. Hopefully Yala can give the Greens an outlet in attack and cause problems for the veteran Addicks backline. At the very least, it should pin back Christian Dailly, who has been rampaging forwards from right-back since the interval.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 62 minutes

We're getting hazardously close to the usual standard at Home Park, with the Greens retreating into their shells and struggling to string together anything resembling a passing move.

Romain Larrieu then makes three excellent saves in quick succession to prevent his side from falling behind. First, the Frenchman makes a fantastic stop to prevent Marcel Seip putting the ball into his own net, before gathering Pawel Abbott's free header after a lapse of concentration from N'Gala. Less than a minute later Le Keeper is action again, saving from Lee Martin. Peter Reid does not look happy.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 54 minutes

Craig Noone is at the centre of everything going forwards for Argyle, first firing a left-footed shot just wide of the target before scuffing an effort wide from distance, ignoring both Steve Maclean and Dean Parrett in acres of space.

While the Pilgrims are still struggling to find their attacking rhythm, the visitors are starting to look really threatening from the wide areas with Kyel Reid and Lee Martin offering pace on the flanks.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 49 minutes

Johnnie Jackson goes into the book for a late challenge on Craig Noone. The Liverpudlian takes the resulting free kick himself, floating the ball straight through the area and out for a goalkick.

Meanwhile, Lee Martin is certainly offering more threat on the Addicks' right flank, firing a dangerous ball across the face of the Pilgrims goal.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 46 minutes

The second half is underway at Home Park, as the visitors make a change. Former Argyle loanee Lee Martin is on for the Addicks, with Scott Wagstaff making way on the right side of the visitors' midfield.

The tricky winger almost makes an instant impact, firing a shot goalwards from 25 yards. It's another slow start to a half from the Greens.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - Half Time

The first half comes to a close at Home Park, with the sides level at one apiece. Argyle have looked decent in attack, but the Pilgrims continue to shoot themselves in the foot with their sloppy defensive play. Perhaps Kari Arnason, who has dropped back into defence after Reda Johnson's afternoon was cut short by an ankle injury, will help to solidify things after the interval.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 42 minutes

There's a lengthy break in play as Reda Johnson stays down after landing awkwardly. After a couple of minutes Peter Reid makes a change, with Dean Parrett coming on. Presumably Arnason will drop back to centre-half, with the Spurs youngster joining Carl Fletcher in the midfield engine-room.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - Goal!

Argyle almost double their lead from a corner, as Steve Maclean's goalbound effort is brilliantly stopped on the line by Rob Elliot.

Then, catastrophe. Reda Johnson bizarrely allows the ball to bounce a couple of yards outside the penalty area and Paul Benson sneaks in to poke a shot past the despairing Larrieu, the ball slowly rolling into the corner of the net. Le Keeper is understandably furious and proceeds to let fly at the Benin international.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 31 minutes

Charlton try a long-throw routine of their own, although mysteriously the Addicks only push two men into the box for Christian Dailly's delivery. Unsurprisingly, the Pilgrims make the clearance without alarm.

Meanwhile, on Radio Devon, Martin Hodge is expressing his displeasure at one of the Charlton centre-halves wearing bright blue football boots.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 27 minutes

It's all a bit scrappy at Home Park at the moment, with both teams looking short of confidence in defence and the wind swirling around the ground. The Greens are still showing flashes of inspiration though, with Craig Noone, Steve Maclean and Jack Stephens all exhibiting some nice touches. Stephens seems to have made a really good impression with the crowd, and gets a big hand for playing a clever ball into Wright-Phillips.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 18 minutes

Kari Arnason tries his luck from range, flashing an effort over the crossbar. Just moments later Green hearts are in mouths, as a mix-up between Marcel Seip and Bondz N'Gala gifts Charlton a great chance to equalise, only for Scott Wagstaff to volley off-target at the back stick.

It's been a bit of a mixed bag at the back for the Pilgrims so far, with Lee Molyneux making some good challenges but Reda Johnson having one of his more uncoordinated afternoons. Peter Reid will be happier with the look of things upfront, with Maclean showing some nice touches and Gary Doherty looking troubled by the pace of BWP.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - 10 mins

Argyle seem to have taken some confidence from that goal, pushing forwards with purpose, before Craig Noone forces Rob Elliot into a smart stop with an effort from 20 yards. The Greens are still looking rather shaky at the back, however, as Lee Molyneux almosts turns the ball into his own net. Fortunately for the former Everton man, Larrieu is able to scramble back and head the ball behind for a corner, which the Greens successfully defend.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic - Goal!

The Greens make a slow start to the game, allowing Charlton to pin them back into their own half. The Addicks are putting plenty of the pressure on the ball and seem to have identified Larrieu's kicking as a weakness, forcing Le Keeper into rushing his distribution.

But what's this? An Arnason long-throw, some poor defending and there's Bradley Wright-Phillips, sweeping the ball into the net to give the Pilgrims an early lead, with just four minutes on the clock!

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Charlton Athletic


So, after the excitement of drawing Exeter in the JPT regional quarter finals earlier this morning, Argyle will turn their attentions back to league matters and the visit of Charlton Athletic to Home Park.

Here are the teams...


Romain Larrieu, Marcel Seip, Bondz N’Gala, Reda Johnson, Lee Molyneux, Jack Stephens, Carl Fletcher (c), Kari Arnason, Craig Noone, Steve MacLean, Bradley Wright-Phillips. Subs: Karl Duguid, Chris Clark, Joe Mason, Yala Bolasie, Ollie Chenoweth, Dean Parrett, Anton Peterlin.


Rob Elliot, Christian Dailly (c), Jon Fortune, Gary Doherty, Johnnie Jackson, Scott Wagstaff, Jose Semedo, Therry Racon, Kyel Reid, Pawel Abbott, Paul Benson. Subs: Miguel Llera, Lee Martin, Alan McCormack, Matt Fry, Joe Anyinsah, Ross Worner, Carl Jenkinson.

Two changes from the Hartlepool defeat for the Greens, with Lee Molyneux coming in at left-back and Jack Stephens making his league debut on the right side of the midfield .

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - Final thoughts

Argyle continue their fine run of form in the League Cup, exiting at the first stage for the third year in a row. Neither the fans, the players nor Peter Reid are likely to be too bothered about the Greens elimination, but the lack of attacking potency against teams that set up defensively at Home Park is a worry and could prove to be a problem that takes a while to solve. Furthermore, tonight's result and performance punctures some of the good feeling that came out of Saturday's result and a promising pre-season. I almost regretted listening to the game, so I can only imagine how the 5,000 who actually attended felt. Still, a good result on Saturday and all will be well once again.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - Full time

Argyle create a couple of late half chances, but County survive. Arnason launches a long throw into the Magpies penalty box, but the ball dribbles behind for a goal kick. And that's that, as the final whistle is blown to a few half-hearted boos.

An unintentionally amusing closing statement from the Radio Nottingham commentator:

Notts County are in League Two...round two of the Carling Cup...

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 90 minutes

The official attendance is 5,454, which isn't too bad all things considered. Meanwhile, more niggly fouls and free kicks continue to break up the play as the game limps to it's conclusion. The crowd are now making plenty of noise, most of it aimed at the referee. We'll have five minutes of injury time.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 85 minutes

Sparksy's disappeared again, as Steve Maclean receives a booking for a yellow card. Notts County are attempting to make their final change, but the fourth official is having a bit of bother with the electronic board.

Some scores from elsewhere: Exeter 2, Ipswich 2, Leicester City 4, Macclesfield 3.

An Arnason long throw leads to a chance for Maclean in the Magpies' penalty area, but the Scot drags his shot wide after a smart turn 18 yards from goal. Five minutes for Argyle to find an equaliser and force extra time.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 80 minutes

Steve Maclean brings the Home Park crowd to life with his first touch, smashing an instinctive shot goalwards which is blocked by the chest of Stuart Nelson. Funny old world, isn't it?

Argyle have a bit more momentum as we enter the last ten minutes, however, with Noone receiving more and more of the ball on the right wing. Omnisor Bhasera receives a yellow card for a mistimed challenge, which prompts a rousing rendition of 'You don't know what you're doing' from the home fans, aimed at Mr Tanner.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 75 minutes

There is precious little happening at Home Park as the minutes tick away. John Spicer is withdrawn by Craig Short with Kevin Smith coming on. The lack of impetus from Argyle. along with the two substitutions made so far, would suggest that Peter Reid is not overly bothered about the Greens' progress in this particular competition. Nonetheless, you never want to lose your first home game of the season.

Craig Noone delivers a corner for the Pilgrims, which drops just behind Bradley Wright-Phillips in the County penalty area. Argyle then make their final change, as Steve Maclean replaces Fallon. There's some cheers as Rory's number appears on the board. It's not been one of the New Zealander's better evenings.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 65 minutes

Craig Noone is the first player to go into referee Tanner's book after catching Craig Westcarr with a high boot. Argyle take advantage of the stoppage to make a change, with 16 year old Curtis Nelson making his debut. Anton Peterlin makes way for the youngster.

Two Magpies players then go into the notebook in quick succession - Ben Davies and the goalscorer Spicer are shown yellow cards by Steve Tanner.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 60 minutes

We've finally got Sparksy and Steve Davey on Radio Devon, who are discussing the amount of free kicks conceded by Argyle tonight and brightly coloured football boots.

County take an age over a corner kick, which is cleared by the Greens backline. The visitors are unlikely to hurry anything in the next half an hour, but referee Steve Tanner is already looking displeased at the idea of any timewasting.

Argyle are struggling to create anything at the moment. Maybe it's time for Summers to come off the bench?

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - Goal! 52 minutes

Notts County grab the lead at Home Park, as midfielder John Spicer cracks an effort past Romain Larrieu and into the Argyle net after some fine work from striker Ben Burgess. That's Spicer's first goal for County on his first full appearance for the club.

Craig Short then makes his first substitution, withdrawing the busy Burgess for Jake Jervis. Can Argyle respond to conceding that goal?

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 51 minutes

Hurrah! Sparksy! The Radio Devon feed is now working....accept we now have commentary on Exeter vs Ipswich. Deary me.

We return to Radio Nottingham as Rory Fallon cracks a volley narrowly wide of Stuart Nelson's post. Peter Reid has made one change at the break, with Jim Paterson replacing Lee Molyneux. The former Everton and Southampton man full-back has done well in his 120 minutes on the pitch considering his lack of a proper pre-season.

County win another free kick in a shooting position, which is deflected clear. Argyle then break through Noone, whose dangerous cross is scrambled away by the Magpies. There's a bit more about the game in the opening stages of the second half.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - Half time

The first half ends as the referee's whistle is met with lukewarm applause from the Home Park faithful. As on Saturday, the Greens have been super-solid at the back but, again like Saturday, have looked less than incisive going forwards - Argyle have failed to get any of their five efforts on goal on target.

Still, this one is still for there for the taking. Back in a few for the second half.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 40 minutes

The Magpies have had a little more of the play in the last few moments, keeping the ball well in their own half. Two opportunities have fallen to County's Ben Davies, who is struggling to keep the ball down - both the midfielder's free kick and shot from a corner fly clear of Romain Larrieu's crossbar.

The Greens, who have lost their way somewhat in the last twenty minutes, almost snatch the lead on the stroke of half time as Craig Noone fires a shot wide of the target, before Bhasera makes a crucial block from Westcarr in the Argyle penalty area.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 30 minutes

The tempo of the game has dropped over the last few minutes with Argyle, as ever, hitting the frontmen early and conceding possession too easily. The Radio Nottingham commentators are surprised that the Greens seem to be lacking confidence, especially considering Saturday's result. Nonetheless, the Pilgrims remain the only side creating chances as Duguid's half-cleared cross is limply poked wide by Anton Peterlin.

As irritating as it is that the Radio Devon commentary feed is working, it is interesting to listen to another radio station's perception of Argyle. The Radio Nottingham commentators sound pleasantly surprised that their side are keeping up with the Pilgrims. That would seem fairly pessimistic, considering the Greens home form over the past couple of seasons, but it might be something Argyle can use to their advantage over the next few months.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 23 minutes

Argyle are starting to click now, as Noone slides a ball across the face of goal, somehow evading both 'keeper Stuart Nelson and the lurking Wright-Phillips. It's been a busy start from BWP, who is no doubt looking to make an impression after failing to make the bench at St. Mary's.

There's been a fair bit of long ball stuff from Argyle so far, which is hardly making the most of the snooker table like surface they're gracing. To be fair, it's proving quite successful so far with County, who shipped three against Huddersfield on Saturday, looking rather jittery at the back.

Talking of Huddersfield - Damien Johnson is one of the good guys.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 17 minutes

The Radio Notts commentary team are convinced that the Magpies are having the best of this, but a free kick floated over the bar is their only attempt on goal so far. Argyle create another opening however, as BWP fires an effort wide after the Notts County defence make a mess of an Argyle long ball.

Arnie advances upfield to hurl a long throw into the County box, which the visitors succesfully defend. We only saw a couple of those on Saturday. Wright-Phillips is coming more and more into the game meanwhile, hurrying and harrying the Magpies defence.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County - 7 minutes

Bit of a hitch to start with - Argyle Player isn't working, so we're following the Radio Nottingham commentary.

A fairly scrappy start, with a lengthy stoppage in the opening couple of minutes as County's Craig Westcarr goes down with an injury.

Argyle create the first opening of the game, as BWP tees up Craig Noone to flash a shot wide of the target. The Notts County commentators are surprised that Bradley didn't feature on Saturday; they're also shocked that the new pitch cost £500K. It's surprising Munto Finance didn't buy them a new one.

Live Blog: Plymouth Argyle vs Notts County


So, after masterminding a tremendous opening day win at St Mary's (match report coming soon) Peter Reid tonight takes charge of his first match at Home Park as Argyle play hosts to Notts County in the first round of the Carling Cup. What's more, this will be the first game played on the brand spanking new Home Park pitch - head over to Greens on Screen for all the lovely pictures.

The Greens will line up as follows:

Argyle (4-4-2): 1 Romain Larrieu; 2 Karl Duguid, 5 Réda Johnson (C), 11 Kári Árnason, 34 Lee Molyneux; 17 Craig Noone, 6 Chris Clark, 21 Anton Peterlin, 15 Onismor Bhasera; 10 Bradley Wright-Phillips, 14 Rory Fallon. Substitutes: 3 Bondz N'Gala, 20 Luke Summerfield, 29 Jim Paterson, 31 David Button (gk), 32 Steve MacLean, 35 Curtis Nelson.

Interesting to see that Reda is named captain ahead of Arnie, whilst Marcel Seip only makes the bench.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 - Full time

Argyle have done it! The Greens secure a fine victory, scoring two good goals and keeping a clean sheet. "The great escape is still on" says Nigel. Yes it is Nige, yes it is.

Man of the Match - David Stockdale - made a string of brilliant saves at 1-0 to set the platform for the victory.

Plaudits should also go to BWP, Mackie, Bolasie, N'Gala and, well, the whole ruddy lot of them!

Blackpool have beaten Swansea 5-1. Bring 'em on!

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 92 mins

Argyle are going for a third here, with Joe Mason twice going close. Bolasie almost set him up on the second occasion - that man just keeps on running.

One minute of injury time left. Palace are two down against Forest.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 89 mins

Every Argyle player is putting 100% in at Portman Road, with Judge and Bolasie making great sliding challenges. John Walters attempts, but fails, with an overhead kick. He's no Wright-Phillips, as Drew points out.

Ipswich have a free kick 30 yards from goal. Garvan smashes the ball into the wall, before Chris Clark dispossesses Healy to make the clearance.

One minute plus injury time left. Four or five minutes of stoppage time?

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 85 mins

Ipswich are winning a succession of throw-ins deep in Argyle territory, but the Pilgrims are holding strong at the back. Nigel loves the Greens' workrate.

David Healy has a chance at the back post, but the Northern Ireland striker is denied by yet another outstanding Stockdale stop. Moments later the loanee 'keeper is down injured, having hurt his knee whilst plucking a cross out of the air. The home fans aren't too impressed, the away fans just keep singing.

Stockdale looks okay to continue. Five plus stoppage time left to go.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 - Goal - 78 mins

Argyle have a second!

Brilliant work from Mackie, setting up Mason to roll the ball past Murphy's despairing dive! Raucous celebrations from the players on the pitch and the fans in the away end.

Eleven minutes left. The next five are vital...

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 70 mins

More changes - Joe Mason on for Wright-Phillips for Argyle, David Healy replaces Pablo Counago for the home side. Another impressive showing from BWP, if only he hadn't got injured in pre-season.

No, Nigel, no! He thinks Argyle are looking pretty comfortable at the back. Don't say it Nige!

Ipswich win a free kick in an attacking position, which Leadbitter lines up. It's a fine strike, and Stockdale makes another brilliant diving save.

Nigel likes Mackie's workrate, which has again been outstanding. I think he might be a Wolves fan, he keeps mentioning that they're beating West Ham.

Alan Judge dribbles round four players before losing control and watching the ball roll out for a goalkick.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 70 mins

Bad news - Scunny are four up and Argyle are starting to drop deep. The Greens still look good on the counter though, with Mackie and Bolasie causing plenty of headaches for the Tractor Boys defence. A brilliant cross from Chris Clark finds Bolasie, whose bullet header is stopped by Brian Murphy.

Oh dear - Barks is injured. Mariner hauls him straight off, with Judge coming on in his place. Clark (the footballing swiss army knife, according to Drew) drops back to left full-back. Still, Judgey will be another one for the Ipswich defence to think about.

Nigel reckons Sawyer is out for the season, so lets hope Bhasera gets his paper work sorted pronto.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 63 mins

Argyle win a free kick, but Murphy makes a good catch at the back post.

Palace are a goal and man down at Forest.

Yala Bolasie drifts past two Ipswich challenge before firing a shot into the side-netting. The ref saw a deflection and awards the visitors a corner, which comes to nothing. Drew likes Bolasie - he's gone straight into his all-time top-five PAFC players to watch.

Roy Keane makes a double change, Garvan and Leadbitter are on for Carlos Edwards and David Norris. Cheers Chuck.

Nigel is pleased to see Argyle maintaining a high defensive line. You and me both Nigel, you and me both. A high line won't solve the defensive weakness on the left though - a ball from that flank finds Daryl Murphy, who is denied by another great save from Stockdale.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 55 mins

After a relatively quiet first half, Jamie Mackie is starting to come into this game. The former Exeter man fires a shot just wide of the post from the edge of the penalty area. Mariner gives him the thumbs up for that one.

Moments later Ipswich are on the attack, Stockdale fumbling a long-range effort from Pablo Counago. The Fulham 'keeper more than makes amends a couple of minutes later, however, stopping what looks a certain equaliser from McCauley with a great save.

The game is so wide open that there must be a second goal. It's vital that Argyle get it.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 50 mins

"You can go swimming" - That's one of the good things about Devon, listed on the Radio Devon trail. I mean...really...

Anywho, we're back underway at Portman Road. The home side take the aerial route from the kick off, but Bondz N'Gala makes a couple of headed clearances. A long throw is then allowed to Bounce in the Pilgrims' box, but David Stockdale gathers the ball.

It's not all Ipswich, however. Bolasie tries his luck from 35-yards, but his effort is so far off-target that Paul Mariner checks his glasses. Jamie Mackie then chases down a long ball and forces a corner, which Brian Murphy claims.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 45 mins

Ipswich have the ball in the net, but the flag's up. N'Gala's error allowed a ball straight through the centre of the Greens defence - Paul Mariner doesn't look too chuffed on the halfway line.

Still, Argyle continue to look dangerous going forwards, as a hacked Ipswich clearance flies behind for a corner. Brian Murphy flaps at Bolasie's delivery, but his defenders scramble the ball clear. The home fans are less than chuffed.

Scunthorpe are 3-0 ahead now. The Greens need to win this one.

Gosh, is that the time? The ref blows to end the half and Argyle take a 1-0 lead into the break. Well done BWP, well done Yala, well done everybody else.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 40 mins

BWP's goal was timed at 35 minutes.

Now, the big question - can Argyle hold onto this lead for more than five minutes?

The big answer - yes. In fact, the Greens continue to threaten in attack, with Yala Bolasie causing plenty of mayhem down on the wing. Sign that contract, Yala.

Duguid appears to concede a corner, but the ref awards Argyle a goalkick. Super.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - Goal!

Argyle lead at Portman Road!

David Norris, of all people, gives the ball away to Bolasie. The Argyle winger finds Wright-Phillips, who rifles his header past Brian Murphy to send the travelling Greens wild. A deserved goal for the striker, who has been the visitors' stand-out player, and his side who have matched Ipswich in the first half an hour.

That's the first goal that Ipswich have conceded at Portman Road in 2010.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle - 30 mins

Bondz N'Gala is a "powerfully-thighed individual" according to Drew. Nigel is impressed with the West Ham loanee. Stockdale provides some amusement for the crowd with a wayward goalkick - Nigel points out that one of the reasons the Fulham man is picked ahead of Romain is his supposedly superior kicking. Drew sounds more keen on Stockdale than Sparksy.

Moments later the Ipswich fans are on their feet, as Gareth McCauley heads narrowly off-target. A close shave, that one. Argyle respond in the right fashion, however, winning a corner and a free kick in an attacking position. Both are cleared.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle - 25 mins

Argyle break out of defence after a sustained period of Ipswich pressure, BWP forcing Brian Murphy into a fine save. Bolasie takes the first Plymouth corner of the game, which is easily cleared by Ipswich. Perhaps someone else should take those...Johnson? Clark?

Drew is concerned that it sounds like it's just Nigel and himself at Portman Road. The FX microphone is working - the home fans are just a bit quiet.

Pablo Counago turns Reda Johnson and blasts a shot over the bar. N'Gala gives his new partner a ticking off for that one.

Ipswich win another corner, which the Greens clear. Scunthorpe are now two up at Peterborough - oh dear.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle - 18 mins

Damien Johnson and David Norris - two names we've barely heard so far.

The home side are growing in confidence and starting to pile the pressure on the Pilgrims' creaky defence. A sweeping move on the Argyle right cuts through the Greens defence - luckily Murphy fires his shot into the side-netting.

Scunthorpe are beating Peterborough.

Carlos Edwards and Jack Colback are beginning to pull the strings in midfield for the Tractor Boys, who win another corner. Wright-Phillips clears for the visitors. Nigel is impressed with Colback, who apparently looks like a combination of Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. If only we knew his hair colour...

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle - 12 mins

A fine tackle by the patched-up Barker on Murphy gives Ipswich the first corner of the evening, which Argyle clear. Encouragingly for the Greens, Wright-Phillips and Yala Bolasie have resumed their promising relationship on the right side of the pitch. BWP fires off a shot which whistles just wide of the post. Best effort of the night so far.

Argyle's next chance comes from a Chris Barker long-throw; Reda Johnson flicks the ball across the face of goal, but no white shirts are on the spot to muster an effort on goal. Ipswich are also looking dangerous, however, as Murphy smashes an effort just clear of David Stockdale's crossbar.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle - 5 mins

Plenty of aerial stuff in the opening exchanges. Ipswich hurl a long-throw into the box, causing some confusion in the Argyle backline - fortunately the ball bounces safely behind off an Ipswich head.

Chris Barker then has to leave the pitch after taking a whack in the mouth. Whilst the veteran left-footer is receiving treatment Plymouth mount their first attack of the evening, as Jamie Mackie is flagged offside from BWP's lofted through-ball. A marginal decision, according to Nigel.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle - kick off

Paul Mariner emerges from the tunnel to a great ovation from the home fans, which he acknowledges with a wave.

Drew Savage and Nigel Walrond are our commentary team on Radio Devon. Nigel is worried about Darryl Murphy and the Pilgrim's suspect defence. He also has a pair of binoculars.

Argyle get us underway.

Live Blog: Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle

Let's see how this works...

Two changes for Argyle, N'Gala and Barker replacing the injured Arnason and Eckersley. David Norris starts for Ipswich.

Kick off in a couple of minutes.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Coventry City 1, Plymouth Argyle 1

Saturday March 13th, 3pm

Scorers - Kari Arnason (45+1), Michael McIndoe (49)

The Ricoh Arena - soulless, half-empty and attached to a casino - represents, to me, the very worst of modern football stadia (let's hope phase II, when/if it gets built does not turn Home Park into something similar). Perhaps my dislike of the Ricoh stems from the fact that it was also the site of one of my most depressing afternoons as an Argyle fan, as the Greens' slim play-off hopes withered and died in a miserable fashion one Saturday in March 2008. That experience, in combination with the offer of work on a Saturday and the £10 parking charge in the Ricoh car parks (£10!!), led to my decision not to attend this fixture last season. Inevitably, Argyle won 1-0, with Craig Noone scoring a wonderful late winner. This season, a lesson learned, I checked my wallet for a crisp ten pound note and embarked upon the 45 minute drive to the outskirts of Coventry.

In truth, I had few hopes of seeing a performance any better than the 2008 debacle, after Argyle had slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Loftus Road in midweek. Happily, Paul Mariner's men put in a very creditable performance, full of fight and endeavour, but fell just short of taking the three points so desperately needed.

The first surprise of the afternoon appeared on the teamsheet, with two players making their first starts for the club. Bradley Wright-Phillips finally made his full debut for the side he joined seven months ago, while Yala Bolasie was handed a first start on the right of the Pilgrims midfield. Captain Carl Fletcher was returned to his natural home in the centre of midfield, with Duguid moving to right-back and Chris Barker coming in at centre-back.

Coventry may have come into the game on the back of an impressive run of form, but it was Argyle who made the brighter start to the game, with Mackie, BWP and Bolasie all getting early touches. A great pass by Wright-Phillips played Mackie clean through on goal, but Jamie air-kicked and missed the ball completely. This was at the far end, so there could have been a bobble off the (awful) pitch, but this sort of thing happens far too often when Mackie's one-on-one with the keeper.

Coventry bossed the middle-section of the half, without creating much in the way of clear cut chances. Argyle defended fairly well individually, but there was a lack of communication throughout the backline - Barks headed one behind for a corner because he didn't get a shout in the first half, while Duguid left one with a Blue shirt right behind him in the second. These sort of things are inevitable with the amount of chopping and changing we've had at the back, and two more new faces are unlikely to improve that situation. We picked up again as half time approached and grabbed the lead right on the break, Arnie looping a header over the stranded Westwood from Damien Johnson's free kick.

Arnie's long-throw (which had mixed results) almost gave us a second right after the break, as Barker nodded over the bar. However, within two minutes Coventry were level, a cross from the right going straight through the box for McIndoe to covert at the back post. To be fair, it was a very good delivery - if Arnason or Barker had stuck a leg out they could well have turned the ball into their own net. From that moment on Argyle were the better team and looked the more likely to find a winner. Fletch and Johnson scrapped and harried in the middle, whilst Bolasie caused no end of problems and consistently got the better of his full-back. The Greens' weakness was on the left, where Clark had one of his more difficult afternoons. Things only worsened when Eckersley limped off for Sawyer, who had an absolute 'mare going forward.

Both sides had chances as the game came to a close. Fletch had a goalbound shot blocked from a Bolasie corner, whilst Coventry shot across the face of goal.Things went into overdrive in injury time, with Stockdale making a good save and Bolasie's shot (which was going right into the corner) hitting Mackie square on the back.

It was a decent performance, and a point which at least maintains Argyle's slim hopes of survival. The big plus was Bolasie, who was tremendous throughout and, should the worst happen, will tear up League One next season. Mariner ushered him over to the Green Army at full time where the majority were singing his name. Add that to the chants of 'One Joe Mason' that were heard at Bramall Lane a couple of weeks ago and you get the feeling that after a really tough couple of years we're just starting to find some new heroes.

(This is an amended version of a post that appeared in the 'Brief Synopsis' thread on PASOTI).