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A mixed start to the new year!

Plymouth Argyle could only manage a lacklustre draw with Yeovil Town on New Years Day at Home Park, the only real highlight was seeing Argyle legend Paul Wotton on the hallowed Home Park turf! Unfortunately Wotton was playing for the opposition and almost gave the visitors the lead with a long range effort, why did Sturrock let him go? Argyle keeper David Button was hero of the day for Argyle; saving a spot kick from Sam Williams. Reda Johnson, who is rumoured to be next casualty of the Argyle January sell-off had Argyle’s best chance but squandered it in front of goal. Plymouth remain in mid-table-obscurity in 15th place, a good handful of points away from the relegation zone, but that’s more because of other teams failure to win; not Argyle’s good form. The sell-off of players is not going to help that position as Argyle are going to be left with a severely weakened squad. I’m just hoping that no offers come in for Bradley Wright-Phillips, without the striker Argyle could be in real dire straights if they do survive the winding up order!

Liverpool did manage a win against Bolton at Anfield, but it took a last gasp effort from Joe Cole to claim all three points. Kevin Davies put the visitors into the lead just before half time to add to manager Roy Hodgson’s troubles. Liverpool replied immediately after the half time break; Fernando Torres’ volley off Steven Gerrard’s pass made it 1 – 1 and all to play for. Joe Cole had a tap-in from what seems like an off side position two minutes into second half added time. It would have been nice to get the win without the controversial winner but at this point I’ll take it any way it comes. So the Reds move six points clear of the relegation zone and move upto 9th in the league, even more amazing is Liverpool are only 11 points off a top four berth.The rumours continue about Hodgson’s departure from Anfield in the immediate future, the board is said to be actively looking at replacements for the former Fulham manager. The fans in the Kop are looking for Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish to be made Reds manager or even Rafa Benitez who has recently become available, at this point I think my 13mth old daughter would be a better manager!

The English cricket squad are doing well in the final Ashes test in Sydney. The Aussies slumped from 105 for 1 to 134 – 4. England claiming wickets through the glooming and rainy conditions. At one point the players were hauled off the field for just four minutes because of bad light, then the umpires remembered that the ground had flood lights, a light bulb literally came on! Tim Bresnan was the pick of the bowlers picking up 2 for 47 runs, Tremlett and Swann also picked up a wicket apiece. England will be looking to continue the fall of wickets when the match resumes at 10am local time. Australia looked a much improved side before the mini-collapse at the end of the day, let’s see what tomorrow brings, as an England support I hope it’s more of the same!!!

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