Wednesday, 20 February 2008


Southampton 0 - 2 Plymouth Argyle (Halmosi 30, Paterson 32)

3 wins in 3 games, last season's "week of hell" is being replayed this season following the "month of hell" - we won 5 games after losing 3 back in April, can we match (or better) it?

Certainly it looks as if confidence is at a high in the team as they put in a clinical efficient and professional job verses a poor Southampton, and were rewarded with goals coming within minutes of each other.

The team Argyle put out was slightly cobbled together too, with two new loanees - Anderson having left Sunderland that very morning on a one month deal only joined the Greens a few hours before the match, and Derby midfielder Teale appeared on the bench in spite of joining the same day. Mackie and Wotton again appeared in Sturrock's back up crew, with Seip and Doumbe out injured.

A shaky start saw Argyle concede a series of free kicks but it was all hands to the grind stone as a telepathic sense of comradeship swept through the disjointed team and they began to slowly rip Southampton to shreds. The first goal came from Nallis's cross to Halmosi, who sauntered down the wing with plenty of time to bury it in the net. Southampton kicked off just in time for Paterson to reply as Southampton's shocked defence disappeared leaving him plenty of room to shoot left footed to the right post.

On statistics Argyle is looking much better than they were a month ago, however it must be born in mind that "Sturrock's team" has not been formed yet. The starting XI for the past 3 games has been different, and in several cased included new players who have not even trained with the team before. In one way this is living dangerously, but as it's producing results, who can complain?

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