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Plymouth Argyle held to a goal-less draw by Dagenham

By CErrington  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

Argyle manager John Sheridan

Argyle manager John Sheridan

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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 0 DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE 0

SHOT-SHY Argyle were held to a goal-less draw at Home Park for the second consecutive Saturday, this time by Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Pilgrims were playing their third game under the management of John Sheridan and have picked up five points in that period.

However, all of the matches have been at Home Park so Sheridan would have hoped for more than that.

The closest Argyle came to scoring was in the 33rd minute when on-loan Ipswich Town striker Ronan Murray shot against the crossbar.

 It was another performance where the Pilgrims' collective lack of confidence was evident.

Five of the six signings made by Sheridan since he was appointed as manager were in the starting line-up.

The one exception was Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu, who was still ruled out by an ankle injury.

There was a debut for Sheridan's latest recruit Jason Banton, a 21-year-old winger from Crystal Palace.

Banton completed a one-month loan move to the Pilgrims on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Jake Cole made his first start for almost three months because of a hamstring injury to Rene Gilmartin.

Curtis Nelson was sidelined by injury so the centre-back pairing was Guy Branston and Anthony Charles.

Dagenham included new signing Ben Strevens, a powerful striker starting his second spell with the club, in their team.

There was a scrappy start to the match, but the visitors had two good chances in the first 20 minutes.

Both of them fell to midfielder Luke Howell, who headed wide from six yards out after a cross from left-back Femi Ilesanmi.

Then Howell's fierce, rising strike was pushed away by Cole as it flew towards the top of the net.

Strevens volleyed over the bar from 18 yards before Murray almost put Argyle into the lead in the 33rd minute.

Murray got on the end of a cross from Banton and his close range shot smacked against the bar.

Dagenham striker Sam Williams fired wide after cutting inside Charles before Argyle had a couple of good opportunities as half-time approached.

Striker Reuben Reid was off target with a glancing header and Banton's powerful shot was beaten away by 'keeper Chris Lewington as it remained 0-0 until the interval.

Argyle had a couple more chances at the start of the second half, first when Conor Hourihane had a shot blocked by Lewington.

Then, moments later, Lewington made a superb stop to keep out a header from Reid after a corner taken by Murray.

Argyle could not maintain that momentum, however, and both sides struggled to play with any fluency.

Passes were misplaced with regularity and a stalemate ensued, with neither 'keeper called into any action.

Banton was replaced by substitute Andres Gurrieri on the left side of midfield in the 78th minute.

Matt Lecointe was sent on for Murray soon afterwards but Argyle could still not come up with any attacking inspiration.

Argyle's third and final substitution saw apprentice Tyler Harvey take over in attack from Reid.

Lecointe fired wide from 18 yards out in stoppage time as the game ended in a goal-less stalemate.

ARGYLE: Jake Cole; Durrell Berry, Anthony Charles, Guy Branston, Paris Cowan-Hall, Luke Young, Conor Hourihane, Jason Banton (Andres Gurrieri 78 mins); Ronan Murray (Matt Lecointe 80 mins), Reuben Reid (Tyler Harvey 85 mins).

Substitutes (not used): Maxime Blanchard, Ollie Chenoweth (gk), Paul Wotton, Jamie Lowry.

DAGENHAM: Chris Lewington; Abu Ogogo, Scott Doe, Luke Wilkinson, Femi Ilesanmi; Medy Elito, Luke Howell, Matt Saunders (Gavin Hoyte 67 mins), Billy Bingham (Brian Woodall 89 mins); Sam Williams, Ben Strevens.

Substitutes (not used): Jake Reed, Kevin Maher, Jake Caprice, Louis Dennis, Jordan Seabright (gk).

REFEREE: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

ATTENDANCE: 6,234 (84 away)

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  • argyleaf  |  February 05 2013, 3:39AM

    Consistantly inconsistant, inexperienced, midfield and forward line. Still lack the target man we have cried out for the last two seasons. With green spec's on I still think we might somehow survive, but require extra strong lenses to hold on to belief. We couldn't even score, at home, to the smallest clubs in the league. Smaller than many we would face next season if we go down.

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  • queenie1923  |  February 04 2013, 10:19AM

    albar1 totally agree with your comments, yes we need a couple of [prolific strikers and an attackin midielders urgently, 48 points would do us a great deal of help good luck sheri your gonna need it

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  • MandyLifeboat  |  February 03 2013, 11:30PM

    B_Mused I think you optimism of 21 points from 16 games is a bit well, optimistic. We have managed less than a point a game so far and with injuries, pressure, the run in etc. thing will be just as tough. If we get 16 points that is a return but may not be enough to save us. I hope I am proved totally wrong. Mandy Lifeboat xx

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  • b_mused  |  February 03 2013, 10:06PM

    Only 21 points needed from 16 games - 7 home, 9 away. Better start next week.

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  • ivybridgepafc  |  February 03 2013, 9:25PM

    no better then when cal flecther was manager!, last 3 performances have not been good enough, to be honest im embarased, how much more have us argyle fans got to go through, thought mr brent said this side was capable of challening for promotion, was that a joke james?????????????????? get ya hand in yer pocket james, sick of watching rubbish, is reid over weight???????? no better then chadwick n he is a donkey

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  • GreenArmy1  |  February 03 2013, 5:39PM

    ARGYLE should have got the WIN yesterday by at least 3-0. The final finishing was to blame. Caught under feet - hit the bar - off the line - and then the final shot that flew wide (instead of being curled into the bottom corner of the net) Some good play down the Wings - just need to get hold of the ball and play it on the floor. WE NEED A BETTER STRIKE OPTION. The Manager should make an enquiry now on the phone to Oldham about Loanee LEE BARNARD after news has broken about disarray at the Club. That is the sort of QUALITY to move this Team up the League to maintain our League Status and move to Mid Table Safety. A Win yesterday would have moved us up the League a few places - with that game alone !! Next Season - gate receipts will be up for the visit of free-falling pompey. The games will be lively and it will be great to see the stadium full to the rafters again. GREEN ARMY. COME ON ARGYLL !!

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 03 2013, 5:30PM

    @Cardiffgreen. Whilst I agree with your sentiment, regardless of how many goals we concede, it is also necessary for us to SCORE goals to win matches. Unfortunately we have nobody that is capable of doing that, therefore the best we can dare hope for is 16 points from the remaining 16 games. I don't think we'll even manage that do you?

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  • TheMercenary  |  February 03 2013, 5:03PM

    It's not a question of having the wrong manager. Sheridan was probably the ONLY applicant that showed any interest in the post. As the Board was under pressure from the fan base to replace Fletcher, it was change for change sake and nothing more. He will do no better than Fletcher did. Nothing has changed, nor will it. How can it? It's a job for Sheridan, albeit for just a year and he'll be getting more money than he would have otherwise been getting. Without getting better players, the team will carry on as before and the downward spiral will continue, ultimately resulting in relegation. THERE IS NO MONEY. Without it, it was obvious in which direction we were headed. I just wish the fanatics amongst you realised this and when the inevitable happens, you won't be so upset. On the other hand, if it doesn't, you'll be highly delighted.

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  February 03 2013, 12:20PM

    You would expect under new management that the team would perform alot better - take Bristol Rovers for instance...

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  • Cardiffgreen  |  February 03 2013, 11:44AM

    Well said Greenman8....3 games under new management, 1 win, 2 draws, 5 points.., and yet judging by the posts on here you would have thought we were already relegated!! For goodness sake give the man a chance...we lost 7 consecutive games under Fletcher and yet there are people on here who would have stuck by him, The football is far from pretty to watch, but the big improvement is we have stopped conceding stupid goals, when was the last time we had two consecutive shu-outs? Lets hope our away form can improve (only 2 wins away from home and that aint JS's doing!!) starting with a win at Aldershot next week. 16 games to go, 48 points to play for, no time to be chucking in the towel just yet!!

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