Sunday, 16 December 2007

Best served Cold

Watford 0 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (Norris 89)

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and what a cold day it was. The (near) sell out at Watford saw the same outcome as that when we met last year in the FA cup, however it was Argyle's turn to nick the goal from under the Watford's noses with an 89th minute goal from David Norris.

With Nalis and Connolly suspended, Sturrock had to rely on youth to make up the team with Gosling and Sawyer stepping up and Ebanks-Blake relegated to the bench. The game was not the best in the world, and for a top of the table team, Watford looked very poor. The match was looking to head towards a boring 0-0 draw as shots at the goal went wide or hit the woodwork, Argyle could have won 3-0 but Halmosi's goal was out ruled by a foul on the keeper and a penalty appeal from Hodges declined.

The first half, Argyle looked sprightly, but come the second they slowed down and started to look stale with substitutions looking more and more desperately needed, but Sturrock kept steadfast to the original line up throughout. This stalemate situation finally ended with Norris getting on the right end of a ball to bury it in front of the Green Army.

Therefore Argyle have managed to beat all three demoted Premier League teams on their own turf this season, is this just luck? At times we seem good enough to go all the way, at others we're too tired and dog-gotten to make anything; with talk of departures in January, Sturrock has a lot of work to do if Argyle are ever to get within a whisker of top flight football - somewhere where many think we have no right to be. But that's another topic for another day.

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