Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Mixed start for Reid

Three games into the new season for Plymouth and new manager Peter Reid has gone through the full spectrum of emotions. An opening games surprise 1-0 win over title favourites Southampton was the ideal start for the Pilgrims. In their next game Plymouth suffered a first round Carling Cup defeat to Notts County, going down 1-0 to their League One counterparts. The Betfair Football betting suggests they need to buck up their ideas soon.

Plymouth's last match was the 1-1 draw at home to Carlisle, in which it took an injury time equaliser from new signing Rory Patterson to nick a draw. It was Patterson's home debut and his first Football League goal. The Northern Irish striker looked good when he came, nearly scoring in the 83rd minute with an angled shot from 12 yards. He wasn't to be denied later in the match and swept home the ball from eight yards four minutes into time added on, after Ian Harte gave Carlisle the lead with a 68th minute header.

Along with the positives of Patterson's performance, on loan keeper David Button has looked different class since joining from Tottenham on a season long deal. Button's save in the 28th minute, from a Harte freekick, was Premier League quality.

Harte's rocket shot looked destined for the top corner only for Button to spring to his right and spectacularly palm the ball over the bar. Reid has also brought in young Spurs midfielder Dean Parrett, also on a season long loan. The 18-year-old has been capped for England at Under-17 and Under-19 level as well as featuring in Tottenham's UEFA Cup clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in February last year. Parrett, who had a spell last season at Aldershot, is an attacking midfielder who has the ability to open defences and Plymouth moved quickly to sign the youngster.

With Argyle lacking quality delivery from the wings, Reid has taken the decision to move Zimbabwean left back up Onismor Bhasera up field onto the left wing in the hope of creating more chances for Argyle's talented forwards. Along with Patterson, Plymouth boast a wealth of talent in attack with Bradley Wright-Phillips, Rory Fallon, Steve MacLean and youngster Rory Fallon. So far all except for Patterson have failed to show their quality in this league, it is a very different type of football from the Championship and will take a bit of time to adjust to this level. When they get used to the league then Plymouth fans will be expecting goals from their strikers.

Meanwhile, in the division above, many people have made Leicester betting tips to gain promotion to the Premier League this season.

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