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VIDEO: Rochdale 3 Plymouth Argyle 0: Match report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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Andres Gurrieri was sent-off after an aerial challenge with Rochdale defender Jack O'Connell

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ANDRES GURRIERI was sent-off as Argyle crashed to a heavy defeat against promotion-chasing Rochdale on Saturday.

It was always an uphill task for the Pilgrims after midfielder Jamie Allen fired the home side into a fourth minute lead.

Argyle were second best to Rochdale in the first half but only trailed 1-0 at the break.

The visitors made a better start to the second period, only for Gurrieri to be sent-off in the 53rd minute for a challenge on defender Jack O’Connell.

Rochdale then went on to wrap up the win with superb goals from Ian Henderson and Michael Rose.

It was a chastening experience for the Pilgrims after their recent improved results in League Two.

Argyle’s starting line-up showed three changes from the 3-2 defeat by Port Vale in the FA Cup third round replay at Home Park last Tuesday.

There were recalls for Luke McCormick, Maxime Blanchard and Jason Banton, with new signing Matt Parsons among the substitutes.

Blanchard played at right-back because Durrell Berry was ruled out by a groin injury.

Banton returned to the team at the expense of Isaac Vassell after being cup-tied for the clash against Port Vale.

Ben Purrington, 17, retained his place at left-back despite the capture of Parsons from Crystal Palace on Friday.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill sprang a surprise by leaving out 12-goal top scorer Scott Hogan.

He was named among the substitutes, possibly because Rochdale have a busy schedule of matches coming up.

That includes a FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday.

Despite the absence of the highly-rated Hogan, the home team soon opened the scoring.

Allen latched onto a defence-splitting pass from Donnelly in only the fourth minute and confidently slotted past McCormick and into the net.

Banton initially played up front with Reuben Reid in a 4-4-2 formation, with Lewis Alessandra wide on the left.

Argyle had their first shot on target in the 18th minute when a volley from Gurrieri was saved low to his left by Josh Lillis.

The chance came after a long throw-in from Curtis Nelson was flicked on by, first, Banton and then Reid.

Henderson sent a 20-yard shot over the bar before Peter Vincenti almost made it 2-0 in the 31st minute.

Vincenti got on the end of a corner from Rose and his firm goalbound header was blocked inside the six-yard area.

Rochdale were playing with a lot of confidence and their fluent passing was causing lots of problems for the Pilgrims.

Donnelly fired high and wide from a good position in the 35th minute after a cross from Rhys Bennett.

Banton had been moved to the left of midfield, with Alessandra playing behind Reid, in a tactical switch by manager John Sheridan.

However, Argyle could not come up with any chances as they went into the break trailing 1-0.

They did have a good opportunity to equalise at the start of the second half, though, when Lillis made an excellent save from Alessandra.

The ball was threaded through to Alessandra inside the penalty by Gurrieri 47th minute.

Alessandra got away a shot from a tight angle and it was destined for the top corner of the net until it was pushed away by Lillis with tremendous agility.

Argyle’s chance of staging a comeback suffered a major setback in the 53rd minute when Gurrieri was dismissed.

He clashed with O’Connell, who ended up in a heap on the ground after a challenge from the Argentine.

Players from both sides rushed to the scene before Gurrieri was sent-off by referee Mark Brown.

Soon afterwards, Banton was replaced by Luke Young, with Argyle continuing to play Alessandra and Reid in attack despite the dismissal of Gurrieri.

Argyle again went close to an equaliser when captain Conor Hourihane aimed a free-kick to the far post.

Former Rochdale defender Neal Trotman met the ball and his header went across the face of a packed goalmouth.

Donnelly made way for Hogan in the 66th minute, with the former Argyle striker receiving a good ovation from the home fans.

Rochdale doubled their lead with a superb finish from Henderson in the 75th minute.

Henderson got in behind the Pilgrims’ defence and crashed a ferocious shot into the net off the inside of the far post.

Rommy Boco and Nathan Thomas were sent on as Argyle substitutes for Alessandra and Reid respectively as 10-man Argyle added fresh legs to their attack.

Hourihane did have a good chance in the 80th minute after a flick on from Trotman but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Rochdale then went 3-0 up in the 89th minute with another fantastic goal, this time from Rose.

The midfielder beat McCormick with an audacious long-range lob which flew into the top of the net after Blanchard had lost possession.

ROCHDALE: Josh Lillis; Rhys Bennett, Oliver Lancashire, Jack O’Connell, Matt Done; Peter Cavanagh (Gary Dicker 64 mins); Peter Vincenti, Ian Henderson, Jamie Allen, Michael Rose; George Donnelly (Scott Hogan 66 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Joe Rafferty, Ashley Eastham, Robbie Thomson (gk), Graham Cummins, Joe Bunney.

ARGYLE: Luke McCormick; Maxime Blanchard, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson, Ben Purrington; Andres Gurrieri, Dominic Blizzard, Conor Hourihane, Lewis Alessandra (Rommy Boco 76 mins); Jason Banton (Luke Young 57 mins); Reuben Reid (Nathan Thomas 78 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Jake Cole, Paul Wotton, Tyler Harvey, Matt Parsons.

REFEREE: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire)

ATTENDANCE: 2,839

GOALS – Rochdale: Allen 4 mins, Henderson 75 mins, Rose 89 mins

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  • plymgeorge1  |  January 20 2014, 6:32PM

    Well well ,the WISE MAN FROM THE EAST (OUR WILFRED ) has finally conceded that he has nothing but hearsay rubbish to contribute to this forum,not surprising really ,ah well there's no fool like an old fool they say.Good night Wilfy.

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  • helterfc  |  January 20 2014, 6:22PM

    Trots, Wilf, Plymgeorge and Mike Sp - I enjoy reading your comments and the underlying support of the Greens comes through. Great banter. Who among you will be at the Cheltenham game? COYGs!!

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  January 20 2014, 10:16AM

    Plymgeorge - sorry but youre getting boring - no more communications from me in your direction until you get a new scriptwriter.

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  • plymgeorge1  |  January 20 2014, 8:49AM

    Wilf I am sure you have followed the greens for 57 years albeit from the comfort of your armchair,but the point is if you dont get out and actually see the team play then you cannot possibly be in a position to offer an opinion on how well or badly they have performed ,this is even more obvious with some of the ridiculous comments you post especially regarding our young players. So instead of running down the club at every opportunity and offering opinions based on hearsay I suggest you push off down to Dartford who you seem to be fond of or have they BANNED you.

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  January 19 2014, 10:31PM

    Not quite sure what the system did to my entry but the start should of course read - even if you go to all the home games...

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  January 19 2014, 10:29PM

    Plym george - even if you go to all the away home games you quote that would only be perhaps 300 to 400 miles a year at most I guess as you admit to being close to HP. That would mean that to exceed my miles each of your 5 away games would involve about 700 mile round trips so you would only be going to away games in places like Accrington or Morecambe. So perhaps not quite so much of a no brainer my old fruit . And by the way I have been following the greens for 57 years!

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  January 19 2014, 7:21PM

    Lot's more in store trottie and seeing as we are finally using this forum to air our differences and converse on a one to one I'll take time out to explain to you why only having 3000 paying bums on seats makes differences as you don't seem to be able to work it out for yourself....... (lord but some people are so dumb) Actually I will use another analogy... working on your assumption that the size of the crowd has no baring on the outcome of the game it would follow that Accrington Stanley (or Argyle for that matter) should be able to field a team to rival Man U ( actually almost anyone could do that at the moment) Now, would you like me to pop down the Hind after the game Saturday just in case you have a problem ordering your half a shandy and Babycham ? Okay I was out of order there... I know your wife doesn't drink shandy.. sorry

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  • plymgeorge1  |  January 19 2014, 2:54PM

    A few more than you Wilfred I suspect !! I actually get out of my armchair and walk the short distance to HP for every first,second and youth team fixture played there,throw in 5 or 6 away games that I also attend(and have done so for the last 55 years) and I think its a ***rainer,you see when you actually go to the games (all levels) you are able to give an opinion based on what you have witnessed and not an opinion based on rubbish spouted on the radio. And Trottie (terry or is it elaine pinhey or maybe miss wiggys today) YOU WERE GOING TO MEET ME IN THE HIND LAST YEAR WHEN WE ARRIVED WE NOTICED YOUR PUSHBIKE UP AGAINST THE WALL BUT NO SIGN OF YOU OLD CHUM, MY SON RECKONS YOU WERE EITHER HIDING IN THE LADIES OR YOU SAW US AND NIPPED OUT OF THE BACK DOOR.So Trottie I think it should be you in the chair this time round especially as we will be giving up our seats in the Britannia to meet you.

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  • trots  |  January 19 2014, 1:13PM

    Plymgeorge, you do make to chuckle and this fixation that you have about me being in the Golden Hind all the time. I'll shall admit to be going to visit the Hind next Saturday as coming down from where I live in Hertfordshire to visit my parents and then traveling back in the evening, after the game, with my wife who is driving down Wednesday to see her parents. So that's my social left next week Plymgeorge Happy to meet you there if you want I'll let you buy me a beer and I'll show you where HP is as I'll walk you down to the ground :):)

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  January 19 2014, 12:44PM

    Plymgeorge - by the end of this season I calculate I will have travelled between 3,000 and 3,500 miles during the course of the season supporting the greens as an " armchair supporter" - as a matter of interest how many miles will you have clocked up ?

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