Saturday, 9 October 2010
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.
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.
WHAT A STRIKE!
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...
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.
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.
Meanwhile, Lee Martin is certainly offering more threat on the Addicks' right flank, firing a dangerous ball across the face of the Pilgrims goal.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, on Radio Devon, Martin Hodge is expressing his displeasure at one of the Charlton centre-halves wearing bright blue football boots.
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.
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!
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 .