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VIDEO: Accrington Stanley 1 Plymouth Argyle 1: Match report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

John Sheridan

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ARGYLE conceded a late equaliser as they had to settle for a hard-earned point against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground on Saturday.

The Pilgrims dropped one place outside a League Two play-off position after York City overtook them with a 1-0 win away to Portsmouth.

Manager John Sheridan was furious with his players that they did not hold onto their lead against Accrington.

Striker Reuben Reid had put Argyle 1-0 up in the 31st minute with a fierce shot for his 19th goal of the season.

The visitors defended solidly for most of the match but were undone in the 81st minute.

Defender Tom Aldred got on the end of a cross from the right and headed high into the net from close range.

It is now important for Sheridan’s side to try to pick up maximum points when they take on Exeter City in the Devon derby at Home Park on Saturday.

Argyle’s starting line-up at the Crown Ground showed three changes from the 2-1 victory over Chesterfield at Home Park last Tuesday.

Rommy Boco was recalled to play in the centre of midfield against his former club, with Dominic Blizzard and Tope Obadeyi also drafted into the side.

Making way for that trio were Lewis Alessandra, who was ruled out by his hamstring injury, as well as Paul Wotton and Luke Young.

Wotton and Young were both on the substitutes’ bench for the Pilgrims.

There were puddles all over the pitch at the Crown Ground after heavy rain overnight and during the morning.

Even in the pre-match warm-up, the playing surface started to cut up badly.

It was clearly not going to be an afternoon for passing football, and a real test of Argyle’s promotion aspirations.

Accrington had been unbeaten in their previous four home games, including a 5-1 drubbing of Lancashire rivals Morecambe last Tuesday.

Kai Naismith had an early long-range shot easily saved by Argyle ‘keeper as both teams took time to settle.

Argyle’s first chance came in the 13th minute when Obadeyi latched onto a pass from Andres Gurrieri.

Obadeyi raced down the left and cut inside Accrington right-back Nicky Hunt before his on-target shot was blocked by Adam Buxton.

Reid then had a low strike from a narrow angle kicked away by ‘keeper Marcus Bettinelli for a corner.

Accrington’s Will Hatfield had a viciously inswinging corner clawed away by Cole from underneath his own crossbar in the 19th minute.

That was one of several early corners for Accrington as they applied plenty of pressure.

It was against the run of play, therefore, when Argyle took the lead in the 31st minute with a fine finish from Reid.

The Pilgrims’ striker surged past Accrington left-back Adam Buxton inside the penalty area and scored with a fierce shot.

Accrington had striker James Gray booked for diving inside the Argyle box, before Cole saved a 25-yard drive from midfielder Luke Joyce.

It remained 1-0 until half-time, although Bettinelli spilled a shot from Gurrieri and it needed a clearance from Hunt as Obadeyi prepared to pounce on the loose ball.

Referee Trevor Kettle ignored pleas from Accrington for a penalty early in the second half after a challenge on Buxton by Obadeyi.

There was a let-off for Argyle in the 50th minute when midfielder Peter Murphy completely miskicked with the goal at his mercy after a long throw-in.

The Pilgrims launched an immediate counter attack and captain Conor Hourihane had a low shot pushed wide for a corner by Bettinelli.

Argyle defender Maxime Blanchard got on the end of a corner and his powerful header was on target but blocked inside a packed six-yard area.

The action went from one end of the pitch to the other as the sun briefly shone for the first time in the afternoon.

Hatfield had a 20-yard shot pushed away for a corner by Cole before substitute Kayode Odejayi spurned a tremendous chance.

It came in the 63rd minute when he headed over the bar from close range after a superb cross from Lee Molyneux.

Argyle made their first substitution in the 67th minute when Obadeyi was replaced by Marvin Morgan.

That gave the visitors a focal point to their attack, with Morgan using his physical presence to good effect.

Morgan won his share of headers when the ball was played forward and linked up well with his team-mates.

Argyle defender Neal Trotman fired wide from a tight angle in the 80th minute after a free-kick from Hourihane flashed across the face of goal.

The Pilgrims retained their lead until the 81st minute when Aldred headed home an excellent cross from close range.

Argyle’s Curtis Nelson made a crucial tackle on Odejayi inside the box as the home team pushed for a winning goal.

Jason Banton was an 87th minute substitute for Boco and Argyle were a threat on the break in the closing stages.

But it remained 1-1 until full-time and the Pilgrims took away a hard-earned point from their trip to Lancashire.

ACCRINGTON: Marcus Bettinelli; Nicky Hunt, Tom Aldred, Dean Winnard, Adam Buxton; Will Hatfield (Josh Windass 69 mins), Peter Murphy, Luke Joyce, Lee Molyneux; Kai Naismith (Kayode Odejayi h/t); James Gray (Piero Mingoia 90 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Michael Liddle, Danny Webber, Rob Atkinson, George Bowerman.

ARGYLE: Jake Cole; Maxime Blanchard, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson; Andres Gurrieri, Dominic Blizzard, Rommy Boco (Jason Banton 87 mins), Conor Hourihane, Matt Parsons; Reuben Reid, Tope Obadeyi (Marvin Morgan 67 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Luke Young, Paul Wotton, Tyler Harvey, Ben Purrington, Cameron Dawson (gk).

REFEREE: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

ATTENDANCE: 1,559 (447 away)

GOALS – Accrington: Aldred 81 mins; Argyle: Reid 31 mins

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  • Eatyourgreens  |  March 24 2014, 2:17PM

    51 thumbs down for Trots is an indication that this has become a refuge for the Argyle Very Very Nervous Supporters Club. It was brave of Trots to question some of the dafter points made but the AVVNC soon sorted him out. David of Lancas, you often make good points but please learn the art of brevity- my brain hurts.

  • MikeSpiligan  |  March 24 2014, 6:49AM

    I like the cut of your jib Davidof young fella me lad

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  • DavidofLancas  |  March 23 2014, 8:43PM

    Focus on 70 points and not where we are in the League at this stage. Last year Bradford got there with 69, but with our poor goal difference we probably need 70 at least. A number of the top seven still have to play each other and we still have to play Burton and Oxford so we can drag them back towards us. I'm confident York will make the play-offs (and would probably be a handful at Wembley), but I think Fleetwood, Burton and Oxford can all be dragged in to a mini-league with York and ourselves with one missing out - possibly Oxford as they have left themselves managerless for too long? Even Fleetwood and Burton are a bit flakey. I wanted top ten at the start of the season and with the way this league is set up that obviously meant we might flirt with the play-offs. I'm not sure that we're strong or deep enough to survive if we went up so top ten is now very realistic and then a good push for automatic next season. I agree that we don't seem to have planned properly to cover Alessandra's absence (anyone know how long he is likely to be out for?) and the selection yesterday was baffling. Surely managers preach that you "take one game at a time"! In that case beat Accrington and then plan for Exeter. The pitch yesterday was a shocker and will have taken something out of the legs but I was there yesterday and I thought we looked the stronger, fitter side as the game wore on. Blizzard has proved to be rather disappointing overall, (with just the odd good game), and Boco is not good enough. Wotton and Young should have played, even if they were replaced when the game was secure. Obadeyi remains a mystery to me. He doesn't look like scoring and never does! Harvey should definitely have played upfront but Sheridan would have lost face in doing that and he isn't big on humility, which is why he isn't the right manager for us. He is too blinkered in his ways. He complained about a lack of communication on the pitch yesterday but I walked past the dug out twice during the game and it was like a morgue so he was hardly leading by example! I think we can still make the 70 points and could therefore be in the play-offs but we will add to our stress levels if we keep looking at whether we are in or out of a play-off place. He does need to find another striker to replace Lewis until he is fit and to give us those much-needed goals. I can't be there on Tuesday but I hope our step towards promotion slides Exeter ever closer to the Conference! Just five more wins from our last eight games - four after Tuesday night!! Come on! We can do it!

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  • trots  |  March 23 2014, 6:56PM

    -19 oh come on my post is worth at least -30 isn't it MS?? We cannot win every game folks!!!! I seriously think some are forgetting where we were 12 months ago, now we talking about possible Play Offs instead of Tamworth on a Tuesday night... In fact 10 games ago none of us were thinking Play Offs and certainly not 55 points!!!!! We win and everyone is happy but dare we not win every day it's all doom and gloom, no Lewie means we've had it, there's 8 games to go = 24 points to play for...

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  March 23 2014, 6:28PM

    I'm down with greengom on this one.... Sherridan said himself that one team will come out of the pack and nick a play off place.... York have already smashed us and unless we can turn things around big time stylie on Tuesday it's looking like also rans for us I'm afraid to say..... Let's hope that Sherridan giving them a rocket up their jacksies after let a lead slip away will do the trick....

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  • trots  |  March 23 2014, 1:13PM

    No contingency plan without Lewie?? First game without him and we don't win so we have no contingency plan??? York are on a run and scoring goals so they'll get the last play off place??? And we're not in form or scoring goals???? Not sure where your coming from GreenGOM As for Wotts... I think he'll play Tuesday so rested for yesterday otherwise 3 games in a week for him... Be a bit tough for him maybe at his age..??

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  • GreenGOM  |  March 23 2014, 11:54AM

    It's looking like York City will nick that last play off place, they are in a run at the moment and scoring goals. It seems we have no contingency plan to replace Allesandra.

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  • greenoopnorth  |  March 23 2014, 11:40AM

    Wotton being dropped to the bench is starting to coincide with us dropping points.... Hope that's not the case...

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  • plymgeorge1  |  March 23 2014, 10:32AM

    Cant understand JS "s team selection leaving Wotts and Young out baffles me, Boco and Blizzard in the team at the expense of these two is a mystery to me. I wasn't at the game so I cant criticise the performance but for me Wotts ,Young and Conor seem to compliment each other very well and surely Tyler should have had an opportunity up front with Obadegi remaining on the bench.

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  March 23 2014, 7:00AM

    Gordon Sparks.... "it's beginning to look like an allotment in the middle" No Wotton, no win !!! Let's hope thay were resting his legs for the next game, That said.... Good win for the Grecians, pound to a pinch of **** that they haven't read the script for Tuesday night.....

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