Plymouth Argyle 2 Charlton Athletic 0
Wake up call..
Karl Robinson complained on Tuesday that our second string should have had the game wrapped up by half-time and back in Devon it was the same story today with our first XI as we went down to our first defeat of the season in front of a good turnout of Addicks at Home Park.
1st half we played well, good possession, attacked well and Luke McCormick performed heroics, but we should have been ahead at the break. Back from injury Josh Magennis had a couple of golden opportunities, and Clarke had a shot cleared off the line. Nonetheless it was a good half and a decent match at the break.
Second 45 we paid for those chances as the Pilgrims worked out our plan A, frustrated us, grew in confidence and took the lead, and in remnants of past seasons once we went behind we never looked like getting back into the game. Plymouth wrapped the game up in the dying minutes of normal time.
A defeat then against a team far more physical than us, who due to our lack of goal power were given time to conquer our system, happily sit back and then frustrate us and hit us on the break. It’s one game, and I had Plymouth down as a team that will do pretty well this season, but it was a quick wake up call to those calling us promotion certainties.
Robinson has put together a good first eleven but the bench is made up of academy players, Jacko and Naby Starr, the butt of all of our jokes up until recently. Beyond that we have a couple of long term injuries, two already suspended and more academy players.
For the millionth time, this is not a squad capable of sustaining any kind of promotion challenge and over the next 3 weeks we will see what the real ambitions of Roland Duchatelet are.
Quote: “The all-round performance was excellent. We sat deep and allowed Charlton to have the ball in areas that we didn’t feel they were going to trouble us.” – Derek Adams
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