Thursday, 29 November 2007

Welcome Home?

Plymouth Argyle 1 (Easter 84) - 2 West Bromwich Albion (Bednar 9, Bednar 43)

What a way to welcome back one of Argyle's most influential managers, my going on holiday and only returning to play 10 minutes of a 90 minutes football match. "To the football team 2-0" rang out from the Baggies fans and should have hit home.

So here we are again; it seems that the life of an Argyle fan is to be permanently on the negative - and if something good happens, don't expect it to last for long. That's not how any "supporter" should be like, positivity and optimism should be the order of the day, not it's hard to think that way all the times.

Paul Sturrock returned to Home Park to witness a 2-0 defeat for most of the game, with Argyle only scoring a consolation goal in the last 10 minutes. Though Luggy didn't participate in the management of the game he astutely decreed that we 'never turned up', and that was evident for all to see. Albion outplayed and outclassed Argyle both on and off the pitch with Baggies supporters outsinging Pilgrims for most of the match.

It was no surprise that Albion netted the ball twice (and it could have so easily been more) as they tore open Argyle's defence and easily beat keeper Romain Larrieu. The only consolation came in the second half when Argyle began to get a look in and forced play into their penalty box, ending in a surprise first goal from Jermaine Easter. The Greens had left it too late to make a come back. It was never mean to be that way.

With the games coming thick and fast, Sturrock will be properly installed in the dugout for Saturday, and accounting for West Brom being a very strong Championship side (we probably would have lost it anyway), the match against Scunthorpe will have all eyes on the new manager and if he works his magic once more.

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