Sunday, 16 September 2007

2-0 and we messed it up

Plymouth Argyle 2 (Ebanks-Blake 31, Ebanks-Blake 58) - 2 Cardiff City (Rai 71, Thompson 86)

In a reversal of last year's comeback against Cardiff, it was their turn to return from the brink.

Cardiff crestIn front of the Sky TV cameras, Argyle played a good first half with the Championship's current top scorer netting the ball following an imprecisely cleared ball resulting from a free kick. Argyle went into the break 1-0 up and surely ended the game early in the second half when Ebanks again kicked home a rebounded save. But the dodgy defence which has plagued Argyle this season, and had wobbled through the game this far, gifted Cardiff a way back in, quickly followed by number two. Argyle did have the chance to take the lead in stoppage time, with Chadwick missing a sitter.

It is strange that a team which is very nearly the same as last season have not yet gelled well enough to work together and the poor defending conceding stupid goals is becoming a worrying theme this season. There were several great individual performances by players but if the team doesn't play together, nothing's going to happen. So in 5 games we've gone from 5th to 19th, one more draw or a defeat would put us in the relegation zone. Hopefully it's early days yet but it looks like a long hard season is ahead,

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