Plymouth lost their second cup tournament tie in three days; although as indicated in my last blog entry I already thought Plymouth were out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, either way they are out now! Plymouth lost 1 – 2 to Exeter City in their first Devon derby in eight years at Home Park. Plymouth were “wasteful” on the pitch with the visitors intercepting balls which ultimately led to the loss. But the most disappointing thing about the tie was the violence before and after the game, Argyle and Exeter fans clashed before the game in the stands and visiting fans were attacked as they left Home Park. It’s disappointing as I thought this sort of hooliganism had been stamped out, clearly there is still an element of idiots out there. I hope that those responsible have the book thrown at them, use them as an example of what will happen if people choose to indulge in such behaviour. Back to football, manager Peter Reid has gone on record saying he “will have to move players on in January to make his side competitive”. That says a lot of Peter Reid and I like it; he is showing that he won’t accept players underperforming constantly, which needs to happen, if the players are not happy playing for the Pilgrims then they need to go elsewhere. Plymouth need players that are proud to wear the green and white shirt and give 100% which doesn’t seem to be the case right now with the current crop of players given their inconsistency!
We are only four days away from the culmination of the 2010 F1 season and there are still four drivers still in contention to win the world drivers title. The connotations are numerous for Abu Dhabi which could allow any one of the contenders to win. For Lewis Hamilton to win the title, he needs to win the race while Alonso, Webber and Vettel all need to DNF or finish out of the points; which is a long shot at best! For Sebastian Vettel to win the title; he’ll need to win the race; and for Alonso to finish fifth or lower, even if Webber finishes second, Vettel will win the title by virtue of more race wins. For Mark Webber to win the title, he needs to win the race and Alonso to finish third or lower, for Webber the requirement is simple. For Fernando Alonso the requirement is also simple; finish second or higher to claim the championship in his first year at Ferrari. Unless Ferrari can find some more speed, Alonso will find it hard to finish in the top two with Red Bull likely to dominate the race, which plays into Mark Webber’s hands as if Alonso remains in third. Only Webber can take the title away from Alonso; Vettel is fifteen points behind and only ten points’ difference between first and third finishes, should be interesting!