Friday, 29 October 2010

Little and large works out for Plymouth

The Pilgrims ended their run of three games without a win with their 2-1 win over Huddersfield last weekend. The stars of the show for Plymouth was the little and large combination up front, with Rory Fallon and Bradley Wright-Phillips linking for both goals that gave Peter Reid's team a much needed win against their fellow promotion seekers.

Fallon, making only his second appearance of the season after a hernia operation, headed the ball into the path of his strike partner Wright-Phillips to open the scoring for the Green Army in the 16th minute. The Terriers grabbed an equaliser through Anthony Pilkington three minutes later.

Plymouth's winner was a carbon copy of their first, a long ball forward was again nodded on by Fallon allowing Wright-Phillips to slot home his seventh goal of the season. Peter Reid's men hung on for the all important win, taking them up to 17th in the League One table on 16 points.

After a disappointing start to their first season back in the third tier of English football, the Green Army will be hoping this win is the springboard for their side to start climbing the league in their attempt to bounce back into the Championship at the first time of asking. The football odds suggest this is still a possibility.
This Plymouth squad is very capable of if not winning this league then at least finishing second. Apart from perhaps Southampton, no other club in this league have a squad who can really match Reid's and the manager will need to carry on winning if he is to match the preseason expectations.

The quality of the squad is evident up front and if Fallon and Wright-Phillips can keep linking up and producing goals for their side then the Andy Gray tips suggest the Pilgrims will soon be challenging those promotion places.

With Brighton looking to be the side everyone will be chasing this season, Plymouth will be one of a number of sides hunting that second place position. They will need to carry the form shown against Huddersfield on into their next match this weekend when they travel up to 13th place Oldham.

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