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Had to stop in at work on the way home (ahem) hence a belated report.
I was pleasantly surprised at the number of Leeds fans down there, given that it was midweek, and the middle of f*cking nowhere. Pretty much a sell out all round.
Same starting lineup as on Satdi.
A very shaky start -- a number of mishit clearances from all of the defence. Fortunately nothing came of them, and both Butler and Carlisle settled down. Having given Crainey the benefit of the doubt, I now see exactly where Rich Walker is coming from. I lost count the number of times that both him and Kelly were caught out pushing up on their players (but not really challenging), causing either the CBs, or Pugh/Richardson to cover back. Wasn't missing Harte much.
Centre mid, we seemed like headless chickens for a long while. Wright seemed a lot more composed than previously. When Walton got a bad knock 2nd half, Spring came on, and for me, made a *huge* difference. He had a cracking run from our own half, only to be hacked down. He got stuck in, and gave us a presence we'd been sadly lacking.
Joachim and Deane were about the same as they had been. I think a boost in the midfield (e.g. Spring) may be the spark they need.
Difficult to see who got the goal in -- we'd hit the keeper and the bar. Seemed like a big scramble from our end. One of the lads behind me called a mate back home to hear Butler had got it, but it turned out to be an o.g. At least we'd kept the pressure on to force it.
McMaster and Ricketts came on with 10 mins to go, before the 5 mins injury time. McMaster was very keen, so much so that having been called offside -- and shooting -- he got a booking. Rickett's most impressive move of his Leeds career was to slow the keeper down who was trying to make a quick clearance.
Sully once again warranted his signing with a couple of cracking saves, one from a 1 on 1 in the first half, and then a tip over the bar during the last few mins. We seemed -- again -- to sit back and defend like crazy towards the end. A little nail biting.
The crowd were superb; WACCOE towards the end of the first half, and most of the second half. KB quite rightly brought the team over to show their appreciation. We were locked in for 10-15 mins afterwards, but who cares. We won.
For me :
Copy from Football Unlimited of 16/09/2004.
The Pilgrims have stopped making progress, but Leeds are just settling into their stride. A second successive defeat - their first at Home Park for nearly a year - has rather taken the shine off Plymouth's impressive start to the season. A scrappy match was settled by the scruffiest of goals just before half-time and, although Argyle improved after the interval, Kevin Blackwell's team ran out deserved winners.
It was a sweet return to Home Park for Blackwell, who began his managerial career with Plymouth after retiring as a player in the late 1990s.