Sunday, 29 April 2007

Redressing the Balance

Plymouth Argyle 2 (Ebanks-Blake 77 pen, Hayles 85) - 0 Preston North End

Holloway sought to redress the balance after Argyle's 3-0 defeat at Deepdale and Argyle rose to the challenge. For a team that are chasing Premiership dreams, North End gave a lackluster performance of pedestrian pace. From kick off Argyle bossed PNE around like a small child, who only managed to show snippets of interest. North End were pinned in their end with a succession of corners and the Lillywhites responded with a plethora of faked fouls, which for once referee, Dermot Gallagher, didn't fall for. But for all the battling and counter attacks, neither team could find the back of the net, thanks to both keepers including Romain Larrieu, who made his first start between the sticks since Christmas. Argyle had to wait until Ebanks-Blake fired home a dubious penalty awarded for handball, to take the lead late in the second half. Hayles followed that up with the decider on 85 minutes when he rounded Lonergan and slotted the ball in from a tight angle and Preston's game was over. Argyle had nothing to play for but pride, however they gave one of the best performances of the season to make this their 4th successive win in addition the the officials were excellent for once.

This was the last home game of the current campaign, and first team league football will not be played on Home Park's pitch until 11 August. And as was usual for the end of the season, the squad gave a lap of appreciation after the match, however after giving a rousing speech, Holloway stayed behind to shake the hand of every supporter who cared to wait, which must have taken hours.

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