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Plymouth Argyle - The Opposition View

Plymouth Argyle - The Opposition View

Following Wycombe Wanderers hard-fought 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle, here are some thoughts on the game from Pilgrims' manager Carl Fletcher, Blues' boss Gareth Ainsworth and a few Pilgrims' fans.

Fletcher felt his side deserved something from the game, saying: "We dominated about 90% of the game. Wycombe had one chance and scored, and we didn't score. That was about it."

"In everything apart from the final third, we were really good - the lads' effort and work-rate was great - but we didn't put the ball in the back of the net."

"That was the difference in the whole game. We dominated from start to finish but couldn't get that goal. We lacked a bit of quality in the final third, the make-or-break area."

"On performances, we shouldn't be anywhere near where we are but you deal with the situation that's thrown at you."

"It's obviously disappointing not to get a result because we've been on a good run and should have got a lot more."

Ainsworth meanwhile was understandably delighted. He said: "If you`re up against it, you have to learn who you can rely on. I`ve got Dave Winfield and Charles Dunne coming back and it`s going to be tough decisions with some of these young kids because I can rely on them."

"They`ve come to me today and said, 'I`m there for you, I`ll battle for you. We`ll do it your way. Sometimes when you`re down the bottom you have to battle your way out of things, and they are doing just that. They all stood up together and said count me in. That`s something really special."

"When things are going well and we're attacking well, the game becomes easy. But, with the onslaught we had to stand up to - in the second half especially - I thought the lads were absolutely outstanding."

'In its own way, it's probably one of the best performances under me so far. We didn't attack as well as we can. It was a real team effort, a real Wycombe performance. The lads were superb."

"It's a tough place to come and win. I've not won many times in my career here. It's a really good scalp."

The Plymouth Argyle fans were not impressed with either the home side or the Chairboys. Here are some of their views.

The following extracts are taken from the PASOTI forum.

MannameadGreen wrote
"An abomination of a performance from Argyle. While we had more possession, we never looked like we were going to score and our only plan was to boot it up to Chadwick. Awful! Paris Cowan-Hall was the best of a bad bunch."

The Doctor wrote
"How many saves did their keeper have to make? And he looked like one of the least confident keepers I have ever seen at Home Park."

bizzay1 wrote
"We certainly had chances and if we had anyone that could put a shot on target their defence was certainly there for the taking."

Mark Pedlar wrote
"Wycombe scored with virtually their only shot of the game. They were guilty of some shocking time-wasting throughout."

Lost Pilgrim wrote
"I can't believe we lost. I mean, not scoring is understandable; there is a complete lack of confidence from all our forward players resulting in poor final ball and even worst finishing."

"Wycombe strung two passes together all game and it results in their goal. Even if we had snatched a late draw that wouldn't have been good enough. We needed to win, we should have won, but we haven't."

PL2 3DQ wrote
"Awful, just awful. We have 20-odd efforts on goal but only five on target, Wycombe have three on target and win the game, a stat that just about sums up this match!"

"After being under pressure Wycombe grew in stature and the confidence factor swapped sides with us looking edgy and nervous. From then on it was the two Wycombe centre-backs against Argyle and they were magnificent!"

"For the second half we were camped in the Wycombe half with Cowan-Hall looking our best chance of a goal. With composure thrown out the window it was ball after ball launched into the Wycombe box with no success, nothing would drop for us although what we really needed was someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and dictate the play, we needed a cool head either on the pitch or in the dug-out, sadly the team has neither."

"Wycombe played the black arts game to perfection, dropping down dead just as Argyle mount another attack. The play gets stopped and the momentum disappears."

Frank_Butcher wrote
"I felt the first half more or less epitomised life under Fletcher. We were dominant in most areas but woeful in the final third. Wycombe meanwhile were woeful in most areas, but had that one piece of quality in the final third."

Drew PAFC wrote
"We're in a relegation battle, to lose against a very, very poor Wycombe side is embarrassing."

The Doctor wrote
"We only totally dominated the game (possession wise) because Wycombe were also a terrible team and seemed quite content to let us have the ball."

Johndelve wrote
"We failed to score / create a single decent chance against one of the worst sides I have ever seen at Home Park."

greeneagle wrote
"It is worth noting that this was virtually Wycombe at half strength, with an eighteen yr old goalie who looked so nervous I thought we'd score a hatful. Yeah right. He actually had very little to do, their centre backs mopped up with ease!"

Tynan`s Dad wrote
"We certainly started the stronger team and had a couple of opportunities to score before Wycombe were gifted a goal from a defensive error. The rest of the half was pretty crap with Argyle and Wycombe both doing very little."

"The second half saw argyle dominate possession but create few chances. Overall. I came away pleased with the performance, disappointed in our ability to score but keen to return very soon to see more from a team that's shows a lot of promise."

Next: Wycombe Wanderers v Exeter City - Adams Park
Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Kick off 3pm

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Date:Saturday December 29 2012
Time: 11:00PM

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