Sunday, 11 November 2007


Plymouth Argyle 3 (Martin 27, Connolly 47, Norris 49) - 0 Norwich City

"If you can't beat Norwich, then who can you beat?"

Norwich City crestGoing into the Norwich game on the back of 2 defeats and a last minute draw, many were optimistic for a win against bottom of the league Norwich, and they weren't let down. Argyle, who had got over the mental block of steam-rolling lower placed clubs off the pitch, did exactly that. Though Norwich weren't without their own nail-biting moments, hitting the crossbar and post to almost claim 2 goals.

Holloway made just one change to the starting XI from Colchester, swapping back Halmosi and Adbou, with Larrieu remaining in goal. Argyle started strongly and maintained steady pressure on the canaries who were playing tidy football and managed to break through the Argyle defence but thankfully were unable to find the net. Argyle's first goal came, surprisingly, from a corner which was deflected off their defender and steered in by Martin. Norwich started to creak and stagger through the remainder of the half.

Like against Wednesday, most people missed goals because they hadn't returned from half time. Barely minutes after people had sat down at kick off did Connolly net the ball to make it 2-0. 3 minutes later before the dust had settled it was 3-0 thanks to Norris's second goal of the season (and second in two games) from 10 yards. Argyle then took their feet of the pedal and Norwich took advantage to step up their game, so instead of expending little energy seeing out the game, Argyle had to work to maintain their lead. That lead should have increased to 4-0 with a header from Timar, save for the Lyndhurst's linesman's flag held aloft for offside.

Following a depressing few weeks it was good to see some excellent flowing and at sometimes nifty football being played at Home Park, ending in a deserved win.

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