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VIDEO: Chesterfield 2 Plymouth Argyle 0: Match report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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Argyle lost 2-0 away to Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium on Saturday

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PLYMOUTH Argyle were beaten 2-0 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, despite the second half dismissal of Chesterfield defender Matty Brown.

Striker Reuben Reid had a 63rd minute penalty saved by Tommy Lee after Brown was sent-off for a trip on substitute Caolan Lavery.

Chesterfield were leading 2-0 at the time but had Reid converted his spot kick they would have had plenty of time to complete a comeback.

Instead, his weak attempt was pushed wide by Lee, and that summed up a frustrating afternoon for the Pilgrims.

Brown was hastily recalled by Chesterfield from a loan spell at Football Conference club Southport because of an injury crisis.

He had marked his debut for the Spireites by heading home a corner in only the ninth minute.

Striker Marc Richards then put the hosts 2-0 ahead in the 42nd minute from a hotly-disputed penalty.

The Pilgrims were thrown a lifeline when they were awarded a similarly contentious spot kick.

Brown was red carded for a trip on Argyle's on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery but Reid could not convert the penalty.

Lee later made a stunning save to keep out Lavery's close range header as the home side held onto their two-goal cushion until full-time.

The clash against Chesterfield saw midfielder Dominic Blizzard make his first start for Argyle in more than three months.

The previous occasion was the 2-1 defeat away to Morecambe at the end of August.

The inclusion of Blizzard, in preference to Luke Young, was one of three changes from the 3-1 home win against Welling United in the FA Cup last weekend.

Luke McCormick and Rommy Boco also returned to the team, at the expense of Jake Cole and Jamie Reckord respectively.

Promotion-chasing Chesterfield had six senior players ruled out by injuries, but they could still select a strong starting line-up.

The Spireites played a 4-4-2 formation, with Armand Gnanduillet and Richards leading the attack.

Argyle adopted the same tactics, with Maxime Blanchard and Durrell Berry as the full-backs, while Boco and Andres Gurrieri provided the width in midfield.

Chesterfield had a strong wind behind them in the first half and it did not take them long to open the scoring.

Brown, on his debut, headed home from close range in the ninth minute after a corner from left-back Ritchie Humphreys.

McCormick tried to catch the cross but could not get to the ball in the congested six-yard area and Brown pounced.

Argyle had their first chance in the 17th minute after a quickly-taken free-kick from Gurrieri.

The Argentine put the ball in behind the Chesterfield defence and Lewis Alessandra shot across the face of goal.

Captain Conor Hourihane also fired well wide as Argyle had a good spell of possession after coming to terms with the conditions.

They kept the ball low to the ground, which negated the wind they were playing into.

Alessandra and Reid both made good runs into the channels and stretched the Spireites' defence.

However, against the run of play, Chesterfield then increased their lead in the 42nd minute with a penalty from Richards.

Assistant referee Geoff Law spotted an offence, possibly a handball, and flagged for the spot kick.

There was a long conversation between Law and referee Andy Haines before the decision was confirmed.

Hourihane was furious, and was booked as a result, before Richards converted the penalty.

Deep into five minutes of stoppage time, Argyle had a good chance to reduce the deficit.

Boco set up Alessandra for a shooting chance but it was blocked and the ball went out for a corner.

Before it could be taken, though, Haines blew the whistle for half-time.

Argyle had the wind at their backs for the second period but Chesterfield almost went 3-0 up in the 52nd minute.

Jay O'Shea, on as a half-time substitute for Richards, forced a fine diving save out of McCormick, who pushed the ball out for a corner.

Soon afterwards, Argyle's on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Lavery replaced Boco.

Lavery went into attack with Reid and Alessandra moved to the left of midfield.

Argyle were awarded a penalty of their own in thr 63rd minute when Lavery was fouled by Brown as he sped into the box.

The Chesterfield defender was sent-off by Haines, although there was a suspicion the offence took place outside the penalty area.

Reid took the spot kick but did not hit it with much power and Lee swooped low to his right to tip it away for a corner.

The Argyle striker had been successful with his three previous penalties this season.

Reid was then booked in the 66th minute for a high challenge on Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt.

Hourihane shot over the bar before Lee made a stunning save to claw away a close range header from Lavery in the 76th minute.

That superb stop only added to the impression that it was destined not to be Argyle's afternoon.

Reckord and Young were sent on as 78th minute substitutes for Berry and Blizzard respectively.

The rest of the match passed off without much incident, though, as a deflated Argyle could not come up with even a consolation goal.

 

CHESTERFIELD: Tommy Lee; Drew Talbot, Ian Evatt, Matty Brown, Ritchie Humphreys; Tendayi Darikwa (Gary McSheffrey 90 +3 mins), Sam Hird, Sam Togwell, Eoin Doyle; Marc Richards (Jay O'Shea h/t), Armand Gnanduillet (Callum McFadzean 34 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Jamie Devitt, Jack Broadhead, Aaron Chapman (gk). 

 

ARGYLE: Luke McCormick; Maxime Blanchard, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson,  Durrell Berry (Jamie Reckord 78 mins); Andres Gurrieri, Dominic Blizzard (Luke Young 78 mins), Conor Hourihane, Rommy Boco (Caolan Lavery 55 mins); Reuben Reid, Lewis Alessandra.

Substitutes (not used): Jake Cole (gk), Guy Branston, Paul Wotton, Hamza Bencherif.

 

REFEREE: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear)

ATTENDANCE: 5,486 (472 away)

GOALS – Chesterfield: Brown 9 mins, Richards (pen) 42 mins

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  • Explymouthguy  |  December 16 2013, 10:12AM

    I was bang behind the net in the away end and i dont understand why everyone is so confused why we conceded a pan. It was the most blatant handball ever. Berry nearly picked the ball up when he went down. Also reid's pen was awful! I'm sorry but when you've got the wind behind you and you're 2-0 down, you don't take one step back and take the pen, you put your bloody laces through it! Also the linesman on the left hand side as we were sat was attrocious! One decision boggled me when the chesterfield keeper punched the ball out for a corner and he gave a goal kick! The mind wonders sometimes!

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  • Concerned-one  |  December 15 2013, 12:41PM

    At last someone else on this thread wants shot of JS, Cant come soon enough always said he`s not the man for the job. No flair, style or backbone. There are other managers out there with these credentials and the sooner we get one the better or sorry to say, we will always be fighting relegation

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  • plymgeorge1  |  December 15 2013, 8:12AM

    Mike is absolutely right,this is not a league for pretty football played by gutless talentless wannabes , I am not a Sheridan fan and thought from the beginning that he was wrong for the club, his recent run of success convinced me that he should be given more time, but now his lack of judgement in player recruitment along with his clueless tactics and inability to change them when things go wrong have been laid bare again for all to see,Sorry John but the game is really up now,do the decent thing and move on and take that bunch of jokers you call your backroom staff with you. Mr Brent you now have to change your views and wield the axe before its to late,I have said it before a perfect management team LUGGY AND SUMMERS should be brought back with SUMMERS as head coach and LUGGY as director of football,one thing that would guarantee is a wholesale clear out of the rubbish currently posing as players and an input of real pro footballers . Sadly Brent will continue to run the club like a hotel ,BUT would he let this type of incompetence loose in his hotel empire ,I THINK NOT.

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  December 15 2013, 7:02AM

    "JOHN Sheridan is convinced that Reuben Reid's second-half penalty miss in Argyle's 2-0 Sky Bet League 2 defeat at Chesterfield was crucial to the destination of the game"....... No s**t Sherlock..... And if he had a player on the pitch who could put them away we may have been in with a chance... We were never in command of this game, we were easily contained and rarely threatened. Said in my previous post that we need players with a bit of steel.... where are the likes of the 'Beast' Cocko and Trigger in this team ? Sherridan is not going to get out of div 2 with the players he's bringing in and trying to play nicey nicey, touchy bloody touchy football........ See trots is still on my case, broadcasting from his Hertfordshire Ivory tower..... Your Manchester based brother was at the game !!! My dads mate knows someone in the pub who's son mate went and said Argyle were outplayed for most of the game and couldn't get back into it even when gifted the chance of a goal and against 10 men..... Steve Clark is out of a job this morning

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  • helterfc  |  December 15 2013, 12:51AM

    I didn't think we were the better side but Chesterfield didn't look 14 places above us. Their penalty was dubious, to say the least. Our players looked wary of making a committed move towards the ball, thereby allowing the opposition to intercept. We often took too long in an attacking move because we played the ball sideways and back, giving Chesterfield time to shape up in defence. Lavery looked confident and ran to make space but other Greens seemed unaware of his movement. We should have done better.

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  December 14 2013, 10:25PM

    Trots - OK but how many times have I read this season that "we were the better side" and when I look at the score we have lost. It means nothing unless we transfer to the Strictly Come Dancing league where you do get points for artistic style!! PLEASE PLAESE stoP tellinG me we weRe the better side when the score line says different - GRRR!!!

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  • DavidofLancas  |  December 14 2013, 9:18PM

    Well said Mike! I thought I was a lone voice in wanting rid of the useless Mr Sheridan! That unbeaten run bought him time he didn't deserve; it doesn't change the fact that he is not good enough for Argyle.

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  • trots  |  December 14 2013, 9:13PM

    And you formed this opinion from your armchair I suppose MikeSpiligan. Surprising how your post coincided with the goals being shown on Sky hence Reid's pathetic penalty. I just don't know how you form this opinion when you weren't even at the game. I wasn't there either but my brother was as he's Manchester based and contrary to what you may think we were, in his opinion, the better side but as we know its goals that win games and not being the better team.

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  December 14 2013, 8:50PM

    Spot on Wilf........ In a game in which Argyle were never going to come away with a result what transpired between the confines of the 90 minutes was always going to be of little consequence.... Reid's missed penalty means nothing.... Apart from one or two individuals..... NO PRIDE, NO PASSION, NO GOALS, NO POINTS AND NO CLUE..... This is a division where you need players with a bit of backbone.... Anyone tell me which players we have with a bit of backbone !!! If you look back to the team which got us out of this division last time round we had players who, as Sturrock used to say, wore their hearts on their sleeves..... Blizzard should have been sacked not substituted.... No doubt Sherridan will find something to be encouraged about, but let's face it..... if Wotton had been on the pitch we would have, at the very least, have lost 2-1... where's your penalty taker when you need him ? What in Christ's name was Reid's effort to get the ball in the net all about !!!! even when we are gifted with the chance of a goal we don't take it..... If I owned Argyle I'd but a twenty seater bus, load it up with all the dross Sherridan has dragged up, give the man himself teh keys and tell him to drive and don't stop until well clear of Devon...... By the way... Someone needs to look at that, much talked about, 10 match unbeaten run a little closer...... All that said I'm going back to what I said at the top.... a game we were never going to get anything from so nothing lost really

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