Date: 1st October 2016 at 6:10pm
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The real Green of Plymouth Argyle beat the Green of Yeovil Town 4-1.

Goals from Jake Jervis (2), Jimmy Spencer and Graham Carey sealed a great win at Home Park.

We certainly turned it on during the second half of the second half, I don’t think any League Two team could have coped with those brilliant 20 minutes.

The players looked so confident especially Carey who scored yet another contender for goal of the season and the team laid to rest the frustrations shown by the fans during the early stages of the game.
It’s not easy to outplay a visiting team who sit deep with no interest in going forward and the game plan, missed by many, was to keep moving the ball from side to side rather than hit it long and lose possession.

Yeovil did come at us at the start of the second half, Luke McCormick had to make to excellent saves and Smith missed an open goal from three yards out, but once we weathered the storm we dominated the game and finished the game with four goals and an incredible 21 attempts on goal.

Manager Derek Adams brought in Ryan Donaldson on the left, Jervis on the right and restored David Fox to midfield and with the use of his subs I like the way he keeps players involved who haven’t played much lately, emphasising it’s a squad game.

Jimmy Spencer and Carey both had long range shots well saved by Krysiak in the Yeovil goal while the Glovers had no interest in going forward and played just one striker which meant we found it difficult to break them down and had to be patient and probe for an opening but the patient style didn’t go down well on the terraces. Why do fans moan at a team that’s top of the league?

The breakthrough finally came when Yeovil failed to clear a corner from Fox, the ball fell to Spencer on the far corner of the penalty area, he turned, twisted (and shouted) and shot into the far corner. A great goal and well deserved.

The second goal wasn’t far away, in fact the impatient crowd had to wait four minutes. Donaldson, who was having a good game, played the ball inside to Carey, he passed to Jervis and from almost the exact same position as Spencer he sent a shot once again into the far corner. 2-0.

Yeovil finally showed some attacking intent and earned a corner, we didn’t clear it and a low cross into the six yard box was thumped home by Ward from close range.
The half time score gave an impression that it was a close game, it wasn’t.

Yeovil threw caution to the wind at the start of the second half and McCormick had to make two excellent saves from Lawless and then came that big miss from Smith, he was unmarked three yards out but somehow sent his header wide.

It was a wake up call and from that point there was only one team in the game. The passing and probing from the first half was now moved 15 yards further forward as we camped in the Yeovil half.

Fox and Carey were always looking to play balls into feet, Spencer and Jervis were always willing runners but the third and killer goal just wouldn’t come despite our good play.
Nevermind because we’ve got Carey, Graham Carey. A drop of the shoulders, a run into space and a 25 yard shot that curled into the net with the keeper standing completely still and almost applauding as the ball sailed past him. Brilliant!

With a two goal cushion it was time to show some style. Jervis, Spencer and Carey were at the heart of everything, Yeovil just couldn’t cope with the movement.

Adams made some subs to give some players a rest and it was Craig Tanner who claimed an excellent assist for the fourth goal. He fought the last defender for the ball, won the fight but couldn’t find a way past the advancing keeper, nevermind because he simply passed the ball inside to Jervis who sidefooted into an empty net. 4-1 and another rendition of Twist and Shout broke out around Home Park.

And that was it, still top of the league, still five points clear but now a massive eight points clear of eighth place after only playing 11 games.

The freshness of the new players coming into the team makes a difference, Adams has a knack of keeping his big squad involved. Jervis, Fox and Donaldson all played a big part in the win plus substitute Tanner set-up the fourth goal.

Fans will have to get used to teams coming to Home Park and sitting back and they will have to get used to our passing style which is moving the ball around looking for an opening.
Once we get the lead opposition teams will have to open up and attack us, leaving gaps for us to exploit and so it proved today.
Yeovil did very well in sitting deep and closing the space but are not so good when they have to attack.

Donaldson played very well, he’s not a winger although he did a good job on the left, he’s neat and tidy.
Carey was phenomenal and unplayable, what a player.

Jervis was not far behind him and had his best game this season, the pressure for first team places is really working.
Spencer gave us a focal point up front, either in the air or linking the play.

The back four were solid and once again it makes a difference when the full backs push forward and provide the width.
Sonny Bradley heads, kicks and clears everything, nothing gets past him and McCormick, despite being a spectator for most of the game proved his worth with two brilliant saves.

It looked like the ref was a bit miffed after travelling all the way from Newcastle to referee this game and it showed in his decisions. 🙂
The new Select Group of refs for the Championship seems to have taken all the southern based refs for League Two.

Who will stop us?

Man of the match: Carey.

McCormick 7, Miller 7, Bulvitis 7, Bradley 8, Purrington 7, Songo’o 7, Fox 7, Carey 9, Donaldson 7, Jervis 8, Spencer 8. Subs – Threlkeld 7, Tanner 7, Goodwillie n/a.