It’s just a shame that it’s the wrong type of consistency, Plymouth have lost three games on the bounce. The latest of those was away at Tranmere, the Pilgrims losing the game 1 – 0. Seventeen year old Dale Jennings ran around the Plymouth defence to calmly slot past Plymouth keeper Romain Larrieu to score the only goal of the game. Plymouth piled on the pressure late on searching for an equaliser but the Tranmere defence stood tall and denied Argyle a late goal. It wasn’t a bad performance but letting Jennings get a shot on goal has to go down to poor defending, the Pilgrims defence had no answer to Jennings pace. The net result of the last week is two cup competition exits and a drop to nineteenth in the league just three points off the drop zone. I am really starting to wonder whether Argyle can string two wins together, 16 games in the league and still no back to back wins; Plymouth should be a league above performance wise coming down from the championship last season, but that hasn’t been the case much to my frustration!
Liverpool missed the opportunity to go fifth in the league letting two points slip away against Wigan in their midweek game. Fernando Torres, who is rediscovering his form; opened the scoring in the 7th minute and that lead stood until seven minutes after half time. Hugo Rodallega getting on the scoresheet from 10 yards out after a sustained period of pressure before and after half time. It’s a disappointing result, no disrespect to Wigan but they are not really in the league of Liverpool, at least on paper! And today the Reds lost 2 – 0 to Stoke City with Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones finding the back of the net at opposite ends of the second half. Instead of being entrenched in the top five; two poor results mean that Liverpool currently occupy 11th position just behind today’s opponents Stoke on goal difference. Roy Hodgson position as manager of Liverpool is looking perilous at this time. From what I have seen; Hodgson is full of excuses; blaming everything but himself for Liverpool’s poor performance, the latest criticism was of Rafa Benitez’ signings that he inherited! Normally I’m for giving a manager a chance but in this case I don’t believe he is able to lead Liverpool back to past glories. In hindsight I think that Liverpool let Benitez leave too soon; I believe he would have flourished under the ownership of NESV!