Looking a Argyle and Ollie's history in the cup, yesterday's 1-all draw shouldn't have been a surprise, and judging by the team's performance a draw seemed fair enough. Leaving aside the bizzare game that was played out before us with inept refereeing, strange decisions, retaken penalties, bottle-throwing, manager and player dismissal and poor conditions, it seems that no matter what mix of players on the pitch, the same problems arise. Players seem very reluctant to have a go in the box, it's as if the large netted thing puts them off, corners are still going array, and defendce has large holes in it.
Luke's return to between the sticks was more by default due to Larrieu's injury, but seemed to inspire a more confident side (though he made mistakes like Larrieu too).
Hasney had managed to upset Holloway with his penalty goal celebration leading to the missile incident, but can Holloway afford to do this with a depleated squad?
With Connolly's dismissal, Capaldi's suspension and injuries, do we have a team to field next week. Here are the current standings
|1||Romain Larrieu (gk)||injured|
|2||Anthony Barness (d)||out of favour|
|4||Lilian Nallis (m)|
|6||Hasney Aljofree (d)||out of favour? / recently recovered / 7 yellows|
|7||David Norris (m)||7 yellows|
|8||Akos Buszaky (m)||2 yellows|
|9||Sylvan Ebanks Blake (s)||injured / 4 yellows|
|10||Barry Hayles (s)||9 yellows|
|11||Nick Chadwick (s)||long term injured / 3 yellows|
|13||Mathias Doumbe (d)||injured / 4 yellows|
|14||Tony Capaldi (m)||1 match ban (5 yellows)|
|15||Paul Wotton (m)||long term injured / 3 yellows|
|18||Gary Sawyer (d)|
|19||Marcel Seip (d)||3 yellows|
|20||Lee Hodges (m)||recently recovered|
|21||Cherno Samba (s)||1 yellow|
|22||Paul Connolly (d)||1 match ban (red) / 4 yellows / recently recovered|
|23||Luke McCormick (gk)||1 yellow|
|24||Josh Clapham (gk)||on loan|
|25||Ryan Dickson (m)|
|27||Reuban Reid (m)|
|28||Scott Laird (d)|
|29||Luke Summerfield (m)||1 yellow|
|30||Dan Gosling (m)|
|31||Anthony Mason (s)|
|32||Bojan Djordjic (m)||long term injured|
The replay will be on Tuesday 16th January, 19.45, Home Park; this is an extra game we could do without.
The 4th round draw is tomorrow at 13.30. No doubt one of the following will happen:
Argyle will draw a plum tie and go out to Peterborough,
Argyle will draw a Championship club and go through.