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Argyle punished for not taking chances

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

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ARGYLE paid the price for not taking any of a number of chances as they were beaten by Chesterfield at rain-lashed Home Park today, writes Chris Errington.

The Pilgrims were the better team for long periods but still slipped to a sixth defeat in their last seven League Two games.

Chesterfield striker Marc Richards grabbed the decisive goal in the 66th minute with a clinical finish to heap more misery on struggling Argyle.

They have failed to score in their last three matches and still not kept a clean sheet since early September.

Under-pressure manager Carl Fletcher will be wondering where the Pilgrims' next win is coming from.

Argyle's starting line-up showed one change from the 1-0 defeat at Bradford City on Tuesday.

Former Chesterfield midfielder Jamie Lowry was replaced by new recruit Mark Molesley, who was signed on loan from Bournemouth on Thursday.

It was Molesley's first competitive match of the season after recovering from an Achilles injury.

Lowry was among the substitutes for the Pilgrims, along with striker Rhys Griffiths, who returned to duty after hamstring trouble.

Molesley played in the centre of midfield with stand-in skipper Conor Hourihane.

Either side of them were Paris Cowan-Hall and Andres Gurrieri, with Alex MacDonald behind Nick Chadwick in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Despite all the recent heavy rain the Home Park pitch was in good condition, with the ball rolling smoothly across it.

Cowan-Hall had the first chance of the contest in the 11th minute when his low shot with the outside of his right boot was saved by 'keeper Tommy Lee.

Soon afterwards, Chesterfield conceded a corner as Chadwick almost got on the end of a cross from Cowan-Hall.

The visitors could not clear their lines and the ball broke to Argyle centre-back Curtis Nelson, whose powerful shot was blocked by Spireites' defender Liam Cooper.

Chesterfield threatened for the first time in the 23rd minute when a shot-on-the-turn from Richards flew wide of the left post.

Argyle forced a series of corners around the half-hour mark as they applied some sustained pressure on the visitors' defence.

MacDonald had a fierce shot beaten away by Lee at his near post, and from the resulting corner Nelson's goalbound header was cleared by Richards.

Gurrieri then went close to scoring with a sidefoot volley which Chesterfield's Sam Togwell headed onto the top of the crossbar and over for a corner.

Argyle had another chance in the 38th minute when Cowan-Hall found the side netting from a tight angle after a free-kick from MacDonald.

Chadwick headed over the bar on the stroke of half-time from Molesley's cross as it remained goal-less.

Argyle had been the better side in the first period, but it was more even after the interval.

Chesterfield substitute Luis Boa Morte, the former Arsenal midfielder, shot across the face of goal from 35 yards early on.

Argyle responded to that with a series of crosses which Lee flapped at but did not lead to any chances.

MacDonald fired over the bar from 25 yards in the 59th minute after the ball broke to him when Berry was tackled by Tendayi Darikwa.

Molesley was booked soon afterwards for a foul on Chesterfield left-back Nathan Smith.

Argyle's Rene Gilmartin saved shots from Darikwa and centre-back Liam Cooper before the visitors opened the scoring in the 66th minute.

Richards slotted home from close range after the ball was touched off to him by substitute Jack Lester.

MacDonald shot narrowly wide from 20 yards almost immediately after play restarted as Argyle tried to recover from the setback of conceding.

Winger Joe Lennox, plus strikers Rhys Griffiths and Guy Madjo, were all sent on as substitutes by Fletcher.

Gurrieri, Cowan-Hall and Chadwick all made way for them, respectively.

Argyle had loud appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Graham Scott in the 81st minute after what seemed to be a clear handball.

Lennox's right-wing cross hit the outstretched arm of Smith but no spot kick was awarded.

Argyle poured forward in the closing stages but could not come up with an equaliser, despite four minutes of stoppage time being added on.


ARGYLE: Rene Gilmartin; Durrell Berry, Curtis Nelson, Maxime Blanchard, Onismor Bhasera; Paris Cowan-Hall (Guy Madjo 76 mins), Mark Molesley, Conor Hourihane, Andres Gurrieri (Joe Lennox 73 mins); Alex MacDonald; Nick Chadwick (Rhys Griffiths 76 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Jake Cole (gk), Jamie Lowry, Jamie Richards, Tyler Harvey.


CHESTERFIELD: Tommy Lee; Drew Talbot, Sam Hird, Liam Cooper, Nathan Smith; Chris Atkinson, Sam Togwell; Tendayi Darikwa, Danny Whitaker (Jack Lester 62 mins), Brennan Dickenson (Luis Boa Morte h/t); Marc Richards (Craig Clay 83 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Terrell Forbes, Richard O'Donnell (gk), Conor Townsend, Jay O'Shea.


REFEREE: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

ATTENDANCE: 5,711 (261 away)

GOALS – Argyle: None; Chesterfield: Richards 66 mins

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  • bennytheboy1  |  November 28 2012, 10:35AM

    AH helterfc, what can I say,nothing really,as expected another childish response from you which just comfirms my suspicions.No thought,nothing original to say,sad just one of lifes losers I guess.

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  • helterfc  |  November 27 2012, 11:05PM

    btb1, you wouldn't recognise intelligent input if it stood up and announced itself. Have you ever tried to stop being a silly (benny the) boy?

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  • bennytheboy1  |  November 27 2012, 6:24PM

    @helter and PlymptonGreen,wise up stop crying in your milk when your told a few home truths,show that you are actual fans (I am not convinced) by at least trying to be positive from your arm chairs.Have to deal with no hopers like you pair every work day so you dont fool me,give it a rest for heavens sake,try some inteligent input!!

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  • helterfc  |  November 27 2012, 12:10PM

    I do support my team. I go to matches and cheer them on. I have never booed however disappointed I might feel. I would continue my whole-hearted support were we to drop into the BS league but it wouldn't mean I was happy with the situation. I'm not happy with where we are currently but I don't withdraw my support. As a (paying) supporter I am entitled to voice my opinion. Anyway, Benny, you seem to equate criticism with abuse. It is perfectly possible to criticise without being unpleasant.

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  • PlymptonGreen  |  November 27 2012, 11:55AM

    @bennytheboy1 - Not sure why you want to make our difference of opinion a personal matter? I'm not your pal or friend, I certainly am not a founder member of any mob and nor am I ignorant. Looks like Mr Brent is sticking with what we have until the January transfer window at least, which I don't agree with but at least he has let us all know his thoughts and has adressed fans like me, the frustrated ones, which is better than silence. Personally I will continue to demand the very best from my football teams owner, manager and players and if you don't like it, up to you, you keep on smiling when we're losing :) COYG's

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  • bennytheboy1  |  November 27 2012, 10:57AM

    @PlymptonGreen,sorry pal but your complete ignorance of the situation at HP demands that we SHOUT as you are clearly not capable of putting forward a sensible plan to relieve the situation at the club,my friend you are just driven by blissfull ignorance and mob rule. @helterfc the mob I refer to know exactly who they are (a founder member is noted above) but what I would say helter if you CARE BIGSTYLE then show it and support the club as a true supporter and get behind our team and management and stop the constant mob abuse.

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  • helterfc  |  November 26 2012, 11:58PM

    Benny - not sure who you mean by "the usual mob who post on here" but I don't think any fans would have been content with a drop into the Blue Square league. This is why there are so many comments about how badly we are currently doing. WE CARE BIGSTYLE. It is looking dangerously likely that we could be fighting a relegation battle again this season. Why shouldn't fans bemoan the way things are at present?

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  • PlymptonGreen  |  November 26 2012, 11:29PM

    No1 NO NEED TO SHOUT, I'm perfectly capable of reading small font thanks No2 If you're happy to watch what we're watching for the foreseable future up to you, your apathy and "happy with your lot" attitude is exactly what makes supporting Argyle as frustrating as it is. Huge City and surrounding fan base and not many give a toss about the standard their football team plays at or even if they play at all. I've supported Argyle man and boy, home and away for years on end and never have I felt so gutted about it as I do right now. Brent saved us when nobody else would, great cheers James, but if he isn't the man to make a difference a year on when the club needs leadership and when some hard hitting desicions need to be made, maybe he should sell it on for a quid to somebody who will. Better that than a slow agonising dive towards Luton, Nuneaton and the rest in my opinion WHICH I'M ENTITLED TO!!

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  • bennytheboy1  |  November 26 2012, 10:19PM

    @PlymptonGreen,a year ago the usual mob who post on here were quite happy to drop out of the league as long as the club was saved,we will support you whatever the league were in was the deafening cry.Along came James Brent saved the club and outlined his plans very very clearly,the club had to live within its means,and NO LARGE CASH INJECTIONS FROM HIS OTHER INTEREST WOULD BE FORTHCOMING, So you have your club NOW SUPPORT IT,I dont think Brent would want to see us relegated but forget the young caring image that people think is James Brent,this is a hard nosed SUCCESFULL business man running the show now and he is not going to throw shedloads of cash at this minor project. Idle threats of fans abuse towards him and his board will just have a negative effect.

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  • PlymptonGreen  |  November 26 2012, 9:21PM

    bennytheboy - your quote "if he did however he might just decide to concentrate on his core business and let the club drift into relegation" So do you think he isn't already doing just that? No voice, no action and it's beginning to look like he doesn't give a damn! Sure we're all grateful he saved us a year ago but if he isn't going to take charge when things go wrong he's only prolonging the inevitable in my opinion. Coco

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