Date: 16th October 2016 at 11:44am
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Yesterday’s game against Portsmouth at Home Park was a fantastic advert for League Two football.

The end-to-end game finished all square at 2-2 and would have graced the Championship or a live TV game, unfortunately Sky have completely forgotten about the lower leagues this season with no League Two games scheduled for live broadcast for the rest of this year.
It’s their loss because this game would have shown that Argyle and Pompey are just two big for League Two and both clubs really need to get promoted this season.

Portsmouth are a good attacking side with tricky and inventive players upfront in Kyle Bennett and Conor Chaplin who caused the Argyle defence all sorts of problems. Manager Paul Cook did his homework and realised that Argyle’s two centre-backs Nauris Bulvitis and Sonny Bradley would struggle against pace and so it proved.

However, the downside for Pompey is that their defence looks suspect and struggles when put under pressure, the team also lacks height and finds it difficult to defend set-pieces which in League Two football is a big source of goals so opposition corners and free-kicks will be the Achilles heel for Cook and his team this season, as shown by the goal from Yann Songo’o from a Graham Carey free-kick.

While the style of football Portsmouth play will win a lot of friends it’s the unsavoury sideshow off the pitch that will count against them.
At Home Park yesterday Cook spent the majority of the match moaning and questioning every decision made by the referee Darren Handley, his histrionics were way over the top and you have to feel some sympathy for the fourth official. Cook is obviously under pressure to deliver promotion this season.

There was also some horrible chanting by the Pompey fans aimed at Argyle keeper Luke McCormick, banter is accepted at football matches but the fans let themselves down with the kind of chants and pitch invasion not heard or seen at a football stadium since the 1980s.

As for Argyle Carey was once again a shining light, he brought creativity and spark to the Argyle team.
He was moved to the right side during the second half and it’s a clear tactic from manager Derek Adams to play Carey and Jordan Slew on the opposite side of their favoured foot which allows both players to cut inside, this was highlighted when Carey moved inside during the second half, beating two players before hitting a shot against the crossbar.

The excellent form of left-back Ben Purrington has largely gone unnoticed; the 20-year old put in a steady performance against Portsmouth and once again provided an assist when he picked out Connor Smith for the Argyle equaliser.
Purrington has a knack of picking out players in the penalty areas and in recent games has provided similar assists for Carey and Ryan Donaldson to score.
The absence of the injured Gary Sawyer for the next three months will see Purrington claim the left-back spot for his own although there is a rumour that Giliano Wijnaldum is on trial at Home Park, the 24-year old left-back is a free agent and would provide competition for Purrington.

Overall, a 2-2 draw against Portsmouth was a fair result and a very good game of football.