Monday, 13 August 2007


Hull City 2 (Windass 3, Marney 48) - 3 Plymouth Argyle (Norris 15, Fallon 45+1, Ebanks-Blake 81)

The first game of the new season kicked of to a great start for Argyle, with a 3-2 win over Hull City, with Ebanks-Blake scoring the deciding goal in the same scoreline verses last season's winagainst Sunderland.

Argyle went 1-0 down within 3 minutes as Dean Windass netted the ball in front of Argyle's 800 strong support. However Argyle managed to dominate the first half, during which Nallis suffered a head injury, playing the remainder of the game with his head bandaged, with Norris scoring from 20 yards 10 minutes later and Fallon sending a diving header into Hull's goal in stoppage time.

And it all went pear-shaped at the break. From kick off at the second half, something had happened to Argyle for all structure was lost, and a flurry of bizarre refereeing and linesman decisions frustrated the rest of the game. The chant "swimming and driving" rang out, along with derogatory chants against the main culprit, Windass, as Hull sought to win every foul and offside possible. The equaliser came on the 48th minute when Marney netted a rebounded penalty, awarded for Halmosi tugging Marney's shirt. Romain saved the initial kick, but the ball was picked up by Hull and netted on the rebound. Argyle frustrated the fans and themselves by a series of narrow misses. It wasn't until Holloway made key substitutions with Hayles and Fallon being replaced by Ebanks-Blake and Chadwick respectively that Argyle were once again on top when Ebanks shot past Hull's keeper.

On the basis of one result, which sees Argyle in 4th position, the hang up of shooting from outside the box seems to have been dealt with, but it is early days yet - Argyle have won their last three first away fixtures and to speak of play offs is premature. However it is an very encouraging start to the season

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