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Plymouth Argyle 2 Chesterfield 1: Match Report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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PLYMOUTH Argyle moved into the League Two play-off positions with a superb win against table-topping Chesterfield at Home Park on Tuesday night.

Striker Reuben Reid scored both of the goals for the Pilgrims, taking his tally for the season to 18 in all competitions.

He produced an excellent display, doing his share of defensive duties when needed, and tormented Chesterfield when he was on the attack.

Argyle moved up to seventh position after their eighth home league win of the season.

Reid scored his first goal in the 27th minute, only for Chesterfield to equalise early in the second half through left-back Ritchie Humphreys.

However, Reid restored Argyle’s lead, and for good, in the 59th minute with an excellent low finish after a surging run.

There was tension around Home Park as Chesterfield applied some late pressure but the home team stood firm.

Not for the first time in recent weeks, Maxime Blanchard, Neal Trotman and Curtis Nelson defended resolutely.

Argyle manager John Sheridan recalled Andres Gurrieri and Paul Wotton for the clash against his former club.

Making way for them were Durrell Berry and Dominic Blizzard, with neither of them on the substitutes’ bench either.

Gurrieri played as a right wing-back, instead of Berry, while Wotton replaced Blizzard in the centre of midfield.

There were a couple of changes on the bench as well, with Jason Banton and Ben Purrington included.

Chesterfield’s starting line-up was the same as for their 3-0 home win against Oxford United on Saturday.

That result had kept the Spireites one point clear of second-placed Scunthorpe United, who defeated Argyle 2-0 at Home Park.

Chesterfield’s side included newly-crowned League Two player-of-the-year Gary Roberts, who was celebrating his 30th birthday.

Gurrieri had the first chance of the contest when he sent a shot high and wide from 18 yards.

That came after a cross from Lewis Alessandra, which was aimed towards Reid, was only partially cleared by centre-back Ian Evatt.

It was a clash of tactics as Argyle played a 3-5-2 formation and Chesterfield went with 4-2-3-1.

The powerful Marc Richards was the lone striker for the Spireites and the highly-rated Roberts was on the left wing.

Reid had a hooked shot saved by Tommy Lee at the second attempt in the 16th minute.

Alessandra tried to pounce on the loose ball but the Chesterfield ‘keeper got to it before he could.

It was a cagey start to the game from both teams, with neither prepared to commit too many players to attacks.

Argyle’s Jake Cole was forced into his first save in the 25th minute when he held onto a long-range shot from Ollie Banks.

Cole also comfortably dealt with a deflected drive from Jimmy Ryan soon afterwards.

The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute when Alessandra lobbed the ball forward for Reid to race onto.

Argyle’s top scorer dashed into the penalty area before shooting into the net off the far post.

It took Reid’s goal tally to 17 in all competitions – the highest in a single season by a Pilgrims’ player since Carlo Corazzin hit the same amount in 1997/98.

There was a blow for Argyle when Alessandra, who had been very lively, suffered a hamstring injury and could not continue playing.

He was replaced by substitute Tope Obadeyi in the 34th minute in a straight swap as the strike partner to Reid.

There was a tremendous chance for Reid to put the Pilgrims 2-0 up soon afterwards when he sliced through the Spireites’ defence.

Reid went past Evatt and Liam Cooper, the other centre-back, after a pass from Gurrieri but he dragged his shot well wide.

Chesterfield had one chance to draw level before half-time, which came from a free-kick taken by Roberts close to the left touchline.

He aimed the ball to the far post and Evatt rose highest but sent his header well wide.

Reid also had another chance to grab a second goal for the Pilgrims before the break after a mistake by Evatt.

The Chesterfield defender tried to make an interception but did not get to the ball and Obadeyi raced in behind.

Obadeyi cut the ball back to Reid and his sidefoot shot flew over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

Chesterfield started the second half purposefully, and Richards had a fierce low shot pushed away by Cole.

Richards went even closer to getting an equaliser in the 55th minute.

A cross was hit low into the Argyle penalty area by Tendayi Darikwa and Richards smashed the ball against the bar from a couple of yards.

Chesterfield’s pressure paid dividends, though, in the 56th minute when they did draw level.

Following a corner, the ball broke to Humphreys and his deflected shot beat Cole and ended up in the net.

However, Argyle restored their lead only a couple of minutes later with a superb solo goal.

Reid showed excellent strength as he moved forward, eluding a couple of challenges, before firing low across Lee and into the net from 20 yards out.

Obadeyi made a speedy break from inside Argyle territory in the 66th minute which threatened another goal.

He could have passed the ball inside to Reid, who was unmarked, but he went himself and Lee made an important save.

Roberts was replaced by substitute Eoin Doyle in the 70th minute, before Richards almost got on the end of a right-wing cross.

Had the Spireites’ striker got a clean contact on the ball he would almost certainly have equalised as he was so close to goal.

Chesterfield had more of the possession but Argyle still had opportunities to extend their lead.

One came in the 77th minute when Nelson had a glancing header from a free-kick by Conor Hourihane saved by Lee.

Two-goal Reid received a standing ovation when he was replaced by substitute Marvin Morgan in the 80th minute.

Cole produced a superb save from Doyle soon afterwards after the ball was nodded down by Richards.

Chesterfield midfielder Sam Morsy also had a long-range shot saved by the Argyle ‘keeper as the game entered its closing stages.

Hourihane had a good chance for the Pilgrims when he latched onto a pass from Obadeyi and burst into the box but his strike was beaten away by Lee.


1 Jake Cole 7

4 Maxime Blanchard 7

16 Neal Trotman 7

17 Curtis Nelson 7

27 Andres Gurrieri 7

14 Luke Young 7

15 Paul Wotton 7

6 Conor Hourihane 7

26 Matt Parsons 7

9 Reuben Reid 8

7 Lewis Alessandra 7


10 Marvin Morgan (for Reid 80 mins)

18 Tyler Harvey

19 Nathan Thomas

20 Jason Banton

25 Ben Purrington

28 Tope Obadeyi (for Alessandra 34 mins) 6

32 Cameron Dawson


Tommy Lee; Tendayi Darikwa, Ian Evatt, Liam Cooper, Ritchie Humphreys; Jimmy Ryan, Sam Morsy; Jay O’Shea (Danny Kearns 62 mins) , Ollie Banks (Mason Bennett 62 mins), Gary Roberts (Eoin Doyle 70 mins); Marc Richards.

Substitutes (not used): Nathan Smith, Sam Hird, Armand Gnanduillet, Ian Dunbavin (gk).

REFEREE: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) 7

ATTENDANCE: 6,012 (92 away)

GOALS – Argyle: Reid 27, 58 mins; Chesterfield: Humphreys 56 mins

YELLOW CARDS – Argyle: None; Chesterfield: Cooper 60 mins, Bennett 87 mins

MATCH RATING: 4 out of 5

ARGYLE STAR MAN – Reuben Reid: Strong and powerful in all that he did, and scored both goals in a superb win against the League Two leaders

NEXT MATCH: Saturday, away to Accrington Stanley, League Two (3pm)

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  • DavidMason  |  March 20 2014, 9:32AM

    Well done lads on Tuesday night's result, who would have thought we would be in this position 12 months ago or even the start of the season. I didn't think much of J.S earlier this season but now I must eat my words, he's done it his way and look where he has taken us, I will not take it away from the players, they are now in charge of their own destiny, they go into each game with the intention of winning every game, their disapplin has improved 110% take Tuesday,we had 6 fouls against their 15 but now we mustn't get complacent on Saturday, don't forget they scored five in their last outing so we must be prepared come on Pilgrim Fathers.

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  • DavidofLancas  |  March 19 2014, 10:02PM

    With Obadeyi going back to Bury after Tuesday's thrashing of Exeter and Lewis Alessandra seemingly side-lined for a while with a hammy, I don't think Sheridan has any option but to make another signing before next week's loan deadline. Morgan and Reid would not compliment each other so we need a nippy little striker. Oh yes, we've got Tyler Harvey! Had you forgotten Sheridan? On a completely different note, WakeyMike, I think the comments team are based in Derby, so not as far from Chesterfield as you thought, and if you do go and see them please give them support from the rest of us who are sick of these tedious scam emails going unchallenged by the publishers. They banned me a few weeks ago for making a coment later repeated by Chris Webb and he wasn't banned, but I think I had to contact someone in Derby to sort it out. And lastly folks, come on, show a bit of respect to the clergy! Whilst the good reverend is almost certainly not of my faith at least show him the respect due to his position. Even if you disagree don't give him the thumbs down! It's just not the thing to do. God bless you Reverend!

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  • trots  |  March 19 2014, 6:45PM

    Queen1923... I know how you feel about Exeter but personally I would be gutted if they went out the league along with Torquay. Now before I get hung the reason I say this is for a few reasons. Firstly,local rivalry is good, it generates a bit of hostility as long as it's peaceful, also generates our biggest gates of the season which means many more £££££££ and it also means we have two more localish games which don't involve traveling half way around the world to see our team. If Torquay and Exeter both go and get replaced by Luton and Cambrige well there not exactly going to fill the ground are they. It would suit me perfectly because I live 13 miles from Luton and about 40 from Cambridge but for those living in plymouth it's a bit of a journey. Main reason though is rivalry is good and the atmosphere next Tuesday will be fantastic.. £5 for everytime we sing " going down with the Torquay" I'd be a rich man

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  • queenie1923  |  March 19 2014, 5:36PM

    bigjohnno15 , commented on why don't plymothians support our team, well its was different when we were getting promotion 2 on the bounce when 18 /20 ,000 were pileing through the turnstyles on our way to the championship.... we will get the crowds back once we are out of this divison, im sure of it, yes I was very sceptical about sherridan and reid but hey they have both made me eat humble pie...., I stand corrected upon sherries style of game and he has gelled he players well, after what I saw last nights game , we never let our heads drop after the equalizer, just got on with It and got stuck in again. think cole needs to command his box and back four like luke does, a bit more , collect crosses, but other than that im looking forward to Stanley on Saturday lets not be to complaicent, after all they scored 5 last night , but these are the teams, that we should easily beat, with the main game next tues the devon derby, win that and put the red s**** closer to relegtion

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  • Mdgreener  |  March 19 2014, 2:55PM

    JS on Lewi: "It's his hamstring. We're just going to assess him and see how he feels. It's in the physio's hands. "I'm not going to think about it. If he's out, he's out. I've just got to get on with it. I'm not being harsh on him, but Lewis is no good to me if he's injured." The 25 year-old is Argyle's second highest scorer this season and, despite wanting to focus on those who are fit, John admits that not having Lewis available would be a loss to the team. "We'll try and get him back, because he's probably been our best player this season," said John. "If he's out, it would be a blow, but we're not thinking like that. "We'll assess him, see if it calms down, and we'll take it from there."

  • eddie_taylor  |  March 19 2014, 2:27PM

    Well done to the team for an excellent performance and result; the green army definitely played their part with some great support from the terraces, chanting their team home to victory. Like JS has said, it was a good team effort , complemented by some excellent individual performances. Gurrieri, who played out of his normal position filled in well for Berry, he worked well with Blanch and made some important blocks and challenges around our penalty area. JS as now got a good balance to the team and strength in depth on the bench, for the last few games any substitution as maintained our rhythm and had a positive effect. Cole is coping well, but I am still concerned about his ability to handle crosses into the box when put under pressure. Also, I think there is a question mark over Parsons defensive qualities, I'd much rather see Ben Purrington in at left back and Parsons right back behind the goal. Not all of the team have won over the fans yet, but then again we are only in L2 with a limited budget; so what can we expect for the money. Wotton impressed me last night, he made some important challenges, was organising things around him, whilst not being too gobby and upsetting players; except Ian Evatt (No. 23) of Chesterfield. They had a bit of a spat late in the game and it continued after the final whistle. It looked as if things would get out of hand when several other players got involved, but common sense eventually prevailed. This distraction probably did us more good than it did for Chesterfield, as their player was concentrating more on Wotton than the game. Final, I must congratulate Reid on his 2 well taken goals, if the second one had been on TV, it would be shown a few times; the win made up for the 2 easier chances he spurned in the first half. Well done again to the team, management for preparing the team and the fans who turned up to give their support. Brilliant night's entertainment and a justly earned 3 points.

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  • keyhamman  |  March 19 2014, 2:06PM

    Great effort and briliant result last night after the disappointment of Saturday. Acouple of things that worried me during both games was the amount of time and space we gave the opposition to control the ball, turn and get their head up without a challenge even coming in. Cost us very dear on Saturday. Also when things aren't quite there JS doesn't seem to have a clue how to change or freshen things up or pose a slightly diffeent question. Saturday it was obvious we were slowly coming under more and more pressure but it was only after the goal was scored he eventually reacted, very worrying. Last night Parsons looked really uncomfortable at full back and was beaten far too easily, his forte is going forward and delivers a wicked cross. Tope has speed but is a complete waste when the ball comes to him in the air he stands behind the player and doesn't even jump! But when all is said and done we are worrying about whether we will fill up Wembley again not looking for routes to Conference grounds so lets be grateful for that.

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  • bigjohnno15  |  March 19 2014, 1:52PM

    As a plymothian always pleased to see Argyle doing well , just can not understand other Plymouth born supporters , supporting teams that have nothing to do with there home town

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  • trots  |  March 19 2014, 12:10PM

    Plymgeorge, hope your not suggesting me and reverend green are one of the same!!! Please, no way. Couple of things re last nights game which I hope someone who went could answer. 1: did Lewies injury look bad and could Tope fill in as are placement, did he do enough to suggest he could.. I'm a big fan of Tope but he hasn't won everyone over yet 2: we have 0 corners and they had 7 ... Not that bothered as it's goals that win matches but this seems to be a common trend.. Do we give away to many corners or is it just the style of play we have adopted I know I shouldn't have gone down to the level of DoctorX but couldn't resist the temptation. That's what really gets to me about Wind up merchants like him... They can give it but can't take it and when we have a cracking result he's nowhere to be seen but satisfy so himself by thumbing me down 100's of times. In future I'll rise above his rubbish and I'll ask reverendgreen for forgiveness .

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  • wakeymike  |  March 19 2014, 11:23AM

    Oh what a result.... I must admit I kept turning on the Sky Sports expecting to see us struggle but the lads must have been superb and I just longed to have been down there to see them. I see Wotty had a good one again ....well done JS for team selection and tactics sounded spot on too.Thanks for great report Rev. much appreciated and I 've got to say I agree with you that the best way to deal with cretins like the mad DR.X is to try to ignore them. I am fed up with writing to the editor and questioning why the likes of him and the apparent phishing scammers are allowed to get to print on a site, purportedly for readers comments concerning lead articles on PAFC matters. I have yet to even be given the courtesy of a reply. If it wasn't so far to get in to their offices from sunny Wakefield I'd pop in and try and see someone in authority personally. i'd much sooner spend precious time in Plymouth cheering on the greens to Wembley and beyond.... COME ON YOU GREENS!!

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