Plymouth Argyle 2 (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 49 pen, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 90+2) - 1 Queens Park Rangers (Ainsworth 20)
As the rest of the world play Monopoly on Boxing Day, Argyle were playing their own Get out of Jail Free Card. On the back of the last performances, Argyle shouldn't bother getting changed for the first 45 minutes of the match as yet again they concede a stupid, sloppy first goal within 20 minutes. If it wasn't for a dodgy penalty decision at the beginning of the second half, Argyle might not have got anything from today, and if there weren't 8 minutes of (combined) added time, the winner.
Sturrock made sweeping changes to the team that he put out at Crystal Palace, with Ebanks-Blake recalled along with Nallis and Connolly - both back from suspension - Hodges, with Fallon and Martin on the bench. Argyle were 1-0 down thanks to a ball that wept across the goal mouth missing players, including Larrieu who again ended up on this backside, to be returned and converted by Ainswoth. Again, we had an uphill struggle on our hands. In a repeat of Palace, Argyle left the changing room all fired up and were rewarded with an Ebanks-Blake penalty for handball. The battlelines were drawn for the rest of the match as both teams sought 3 points, QPR doing their best to waste time and Argyle still not quite all there. That wasted time was made up in 4 much needed minutes' added time which Argyle out of nowhere to score from a corner.
Thankfully the result went Argyle's way this time, and rewarded the Green Army with a great Christmas present, but we cannot continue like this.