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VIDEO: Plymouth Argyle 1 Cheltenham Town 1: Match report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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Luke Young scored Argyle's late equaliser against Cheltenham

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SUBSTITUTE Luke Young saved Argyle from a third consecutive defeat with a superb 84th minute equaliser at Home Park on Saturday.

Young fired home a 25-yard free-kick to earn the Pilgrims a fortunate point from a 1-1 draw.

Cheltenham deservedly took the lead with a goal from striker Byron Harrison in the 53rd minute and seemed set for victory.

That was until Young, on as a second half substitute for Dominic Blizzard, again showed his prowess at set pieces.

The Plymouth-born midfielder also scored direct from free-kicks earlier this season in the 3-1 Devon derby defeat at Exeter City and the 2-1 home win against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Argyle went into the match without Andres Gurrieri, who was suspended after his red card in the 1-0 defeat at Rochdale last Saturday.

Gurrieri was replaced by Rommy Boco, who had not started a game since the Pilgrims lost 2-0 away to Chesterfield on December 14.

That was the only change to the starting line-up, while recent signing Matt Parsons was ruled out by a dead leg.

Parsons had been an unused substitute against Rochdale after signing for Argyle the previous day.

Cheltenham gave a Football League debut to on-loan Wolves centre-back Michael Ihiekwe, at the expense of the experienced Steve Elliott.

There was a low-key start to the match and the first scoring chance did not come until the 14th minute.

Boco was fouled by Cheltenham defender Troy Brown and Conor Hourihane curled the free-kick into the box.

It was met by centre-back Neal Trotman, who headed over the bar from close range.

Cheltenham twice went close to taking the lead in the 19th minute, first when Kemar Roofe shot low against the base of a post.

The ball rebounded out to Argyle centre-back Curtis Nelson, who stabbed it towards his own goal.

Luke McCormick was on the ground after diving to try to save Roofe's shot, and he scrambled up and scooped the ball away.

It was an incredible save by the Argyle 'keeper, and prevented Cheltenham from taking the lead with their first chance.

Ihiekwe then made an excellent block from Lewis Alessandra's goalbound shot in the 21st minute.

There were no more chances until the closing stages of the first half, when Cheltenham had a good spell.

Striker Jamie Cureton got on the end of a cross from right-back Sido Jombati in the 43rd minute but his volley was blocked by right-back Maxime Blanchard.

Moments later, Cureton linked up with Harrison and sent a curling 25-yard shot wide of the far post.

It was a poor finish to the first half from Argyle, who had rarely troubled the Cheltenham defence and lacked any tempo to their play.

Cureton had another chance only 20 seconds after the interval with a shot which clipped the top of the net.

Cheltenham were firmly on top, with Cureton having another snapshot comfortably saved by McCormick.

The visitors deservedly took the lead in the 53rd minute with a shot from Harrison which deflected off Trotman and went past McCormick.

Before play restarted, Argyle made a double substitution with Tyler Harvey and Young replacing Boco and Blizzard respectively.

The Pilgrims continued to struggle for attacking inspiration after that switch.

However, Young almost equalised in the 63rd minute with a fierce, swerving 35-yard shot which Cheltenham 'keeper Scott Brown pushed onto the left post.

Other than that one opportunity, Cheltenham were in complete control of the game.

Argyle's third and final substitution came in the 79th minute when winger Nathan Thomas replaced left-back Ben Purrington.

The Pilgrims played the rest of the game with three defenders as they pushed forward for an equaliser.

And Argyle did draw level in the 84th minute with a superb 25-yard free-kick from Young, beating Brown with deadly accuracy.

The set piece chance came after midfielder Matt Richards dived in and fouled Hourihane.

Jason Banton had a long-range shot saved by Brown in the 89th minute before striker Reuben Reid fired narrowly wide deep into stoppage time.

Despite the late pressure from, Argyle, it remained 1-1 until the final whistle.

 

ARGYLE: Luke McCormick; Maxime Blanchard, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson, Ben Purrington (Nathan Thomas 79 mins); Rommy Boco (Tyler Harvey 53 mins), Dominic Blizzard (Luke Young 53 mins), Conor Hourihane, Jason Banton; Reuben Reid, Lewis Alessandra.

Substitutes (not used): Jake Cole (gk), Paul Wotton, Jamie Richards, Isaac Vassell.

 

CHELTENHAM: Scott Brown; Sido Jombati, Troy Brown, Michael Ihiekwe, Craig Braham-Barrett; Sam Deering; Matt Richards, Jason Taylor; Kemar Roofe; Jamie Cureton (Jermaine McGlashan 79 mins), Byron Harrison.

Substitutes (not used): Steve Elliott, Terry Gornell, Connor Roberts (gk), Joe Hanks, Zack Kotwica, Ashley Vincent.

 

REFEREE: Lee Collins (Surrey)

ATTENDANCE: 6,735 (162 away)

GOALS – Argyle: Young 84 mins; Cheltenham: Harrison 53 mins

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  • Bucfan  |  January 27 2014, 9:41PM

    Argyle were very poor,boco was a bad selection running down blind alleys or passing to the opposition. Luke young changed the game when he came on with his energy and always carries a goal threat and it a mystery to most fans why he is sat on the bench so much.Banton looked better when he came inside and Allessandra always looks better on the wing but is mostly ineffective when upfront. Until we can get a striker in the mould of Lavery we should start Thomas wide right Allessandra wide left,Young in midfield and Banton in a roving role just behind Reid which would give us a much better shape than the the starting line up which was hopelessly outplayed for most of Saturday. We also need a right back who can offer a threat going forward as BLanchard is a solid enough defender but rarely crosses the half way line while Berry when he is fit spends more time passing it backwards and doesn't seem to have the confidence or will to drive forward.Right back has been a strength of Argyle teams over the years but sadly lacking at the moment although young Ben at left back was probably our best player again and looks to be a real find

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  • xchurchbob  |  January 26 2014, 8:10PM

    Trots has got it about right, it was awful, they looked like a bunch of blokes who met up in the park for the first time. The only exceptions in my opinion were Purrington (my MOTM ), Young, and of course McCormick- what an amazing save!. Banton and Boco, forget it they're not even Conference standard at the moment.

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  • DavidofLancas  |  January 26 2014, 4:24PM

    Great post Trots! Totally agree with your analysis. Blanchard is an honest professional, filling in at right-back, but he is a central defender and he has been worked out by the other teams in our League. Boco has shown nothing since he arrived and is now becoming embarrassing. I hope he's only got a one year contract! We have to make a judgement call on Banton. He looks miles off the pace and short of confidence, sharpness and fitness. People must be wondering why we re-signed him? I suggest we either have to persevere with him in the hope he plays himself back in to form, or we dump him until next season. The play-offs are an unrealistic option this season so I favour sticking with him in the expectation that he will recapture the form that made him so popular last season, but he also needs a rocket to improve his attitude. 10 or 20 minute bursts as a sub won't get him back up to where he needs to be so we either play him or forget him. Luke Young is the most creative player we have and he should be a regular starter. He is a clinical passer, has real vision and packs a terrific shot. His effort that hit the post was a screamer! He is deadly from set pieces and we don't have anyone else like him, and I include Conor Hourihane! Young should always play at home when we have to take the game to the opposition and should only be on the bench if we need a tight defensive midfield away from home. Ben Purrington is coming on leaps and bounds and he may well get snapped up by a higher club. If he does I hope we can get him back on a season-long loan. The lad needs to play regular games and not to disappear without trace in to some under-21 Development Squad, never to be seen or heard of again. Personally I hope we get him on a new two year deal and resist all overtures until that's up as he will be a really valuable asset by then. Poor Tyler Harvey! The lad is a natural goalscorer and yet when he came on yesterday he was a refugee out on the wing until late on. Sheridan hasn't got a bloody clue! And now I read he wants to make him a midfielder! Sheridan does not, has not and will not inspire any confidence in me. He has bought himself a bit of time because we have done a bit better than last season and we won't go down. But he is not the man to drive us back up the leagues and his departure is only a question of time - probably next season. He can also take his equally uninspiring coaching team with him. I still call for a right winger and a striker before the window closes and I also noticed Paul Connolly was there yesterday, and he is now a free agent. He is a natural right-back, a great organiser and communicator with bags of experience and a best mate of Luke McCormick. He owes his career to Argyle and was a fans favourite. He would be a great asset to an already promising defence so what have we got to lose by giving him a contract at least until the end of the season? Come on Argyle please the fans with this signing!

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  January 26 2014, 2:47PM

    2 points lost - is it back to normal now? ie the odd win here and there?

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  • eddie_taylor  |  January 26 2014, 10:46AM

    In a nutshell, another bad day at the office; the team lacked balance mainly due to our lack of width. Boco was given yet another chance and failed to take it, his play was negative, stereo-type and lacked any forward penetration; he never attempted to go wide to the by-line once, but instead either cut inside or passed back. Banton on the other flank didn't fare much better, although he did try to get to the by-line a few times and caused a bit of trouble; he needs time to adjust as our style and standard has improved since he was last here. It was our defence that saved us today, with Luke Mc, Nels, Trots all putting in good shifts and young Ben played a blinder - I cannot see us keeping him at the end of term, as the big clubs are surely going to come knocking soon, that's if they haven't already done so. Blanch had his moments with good distribution from the back, but he needs too much time on the ball, lacks paces and is getting found out all to often. Cheltenham got what they came for, a point, with a packed midfield of 5 and a roaming attacker (not always the same player) we struggled to contain them and in the process let our own game fall away. I was disappointed by our lack of movement and energy up front, with only Alessandra making an honest contribution, but with lack of support for most of the game his efforts were futile. JS and co have their work cut out if we to maintain the progress made so far this season, consistency is still proving to be our downfall and that I attribute mainly to the management and backroom staff with motivational skills or lack of. Come on lads, turn it around again and get back to winning ways, we need the points. Make Saturday's game look like a minor hiccup and take Newport to the cleaners with Reid returning to scoring ways.

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  • plymgeorge1  |  January 26 2014, 10:44AM

    Have to agree with the majority on here this was Argyle slipping back into a non performing outfit who appeared totally uninterested in the game,showing a complete lack of respect for the Green Army. I was beginning to question myself recently about my criticism of JS after the fine run and the standard of football being served up, but still the man worries me ,the recent run was mainly down to a more creative midfield with Andre pulling the strings,so surely once he was ruled out due to suspension Luke (who in my opinion should never had been out of the team in the first place) should have been an automatic choice to replace him and why not give Tyler his vote of confidence and play the boy from the start ? I have always thought that bringing back a player who has excited the crowd in the past would be a gamble and with expectations so high it is sad to see the lad struggling to make an impact ,I just hope the Army give him time and keep off his back and hopefully help him get some form and confidence back,we can now see why he wasn't getting game time with the Dons. Personally at h/t I would have replaced him with young Vassell to inject a bit of pace and movement . Lets hope that on Tuesday at Newport we can get back on track, fingers crossed.

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  • trots  |  January 26 2014, 9:14AM

    Semperfields, the red arrows are just one of those things. I can't understand it as I gave my opinion as I saw it however it's my experience on here that many form their own views about the game and performance from BBC stats and reading reports. If anyone can convince me that they thought Banton played OK. That Roco put in a decent shift and our distribution at throw ins was in fact very good then I'll have to pack up giving my views about our games cause clearly my eyes need checking. I agree about allesandra, he got himself in good positions but due to lack of support the opportunity was wasted. Finally, our young left back did OK and was only subbed so JS could change the formation.

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  • Semperfidelis  |  January 26 2014, 8:49AM

    Not sure why trots has red arrows, I think they've pretty much got it spot on. Only thing I have to add is that I think lewi allesandra put in a decent shift, worked his socks off all game. Granted a couple of errors but for me he stood out as our best player yesterday.

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  • trots  |  January 26 2014, 12:38AM

    I have just back got to Hertfordshire after today's game. First of all yes very fortunate to get a points apart from the last 15-20 minutes we were second best. Passing going astray, finding another player from throw ins was abysmal, just to seemed to lack any spark. The first half was one of the worst I've seen at HP for sometime and that's from both sides. It was really boring and frustrating. Once Cheltenham scored I text my brother and said ". I can't see us scoring today if we played all day". It changed when the subs came on. Luke Young was desperately unlucky with a thirty yarder, if that had gone in at that stage of the game we may have gone on a won it. As it was when we equalised we had a couple of chances to get a second. It would have have been a bit of a travesty if we had won to be honest but naturally I wouldn't have complained, it would've just painted over the cracks of a poor performance. Banton was, regrettably, well off the pace, picked up a bit late second half but he appeared totally in interested and I thought he was lazy. All the hype about him when he returned recently has fallen rather flat but fingers crossed he'll get that sparkle back but at the moment I can't see it in his play. He needs a goal or two maybe to rekindle the fire. As I said he did pick up a bit towards the end. I also worry about Blanchard at right back, seriously not the player he was IMO. That said other people see different things and maybe disagree with my opinions. Certainly don't rate Boco, not sure he has what it takes and thought today he didn't take his opportunity to shine . To sum up the fact Young got the sponsors man of the match award having played for such a relatively short time speaks volumes. We did say there'll be bad games along the way and this was one of them and we managed to avoid defeat so things can't be that bad. Certainly expect better at Newport on Tuesday and then our next two games after that.

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  • plympaul  |  January 25 2014, 9:53PM

    thought we were gonna lose today but well done luke young for scoring and getting us a point today!!

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