Plymouth Argyle’s week just went from worse to a complete disaster. The trip down the coast to Brighton was nothing short of a humiliation; the home side put four past Argyle keeper David Button; time to give Romain Larrieu a turn between the sticks; what do Argyle have to lose at this point? Frankly Albion looked like a completely different class to Argyle in every aspect; Plymouth have no real attacking options. The Pilgrims top scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips left Home Park five weeks ago and he still has an eight goal advantage over the next top scorer Joe Mason, which says a lot about Argyle’s attacking options. I’m not going to talk about the game itself; as an Argyle fan it makes for depressing writing (and reading). So where next for Argyle? former Argyle owner Dan McCauley is considering buying Home Park; but I would rather see the club go under than have McCauley have any affiliation with Argyle, even if it’s just as landlord; I’d begrudge giving McCauley money for rent. That said; maybe that’s the deal with the devil that needs to be done. Back to matters on the pitch; Argyle need to start winning a few games to attract some attention from potential buyers, right now I can’t see anyone touching the club; it’s been six games since a win and 11 games since a clean sheet and sitting dead last in the league + a pile of debts, I can’t see Plymouth finding their own sugar daddy owner. The only option I can see if for Peter Ridsdale to buy the club himself; although I feel a little dubious about that given his track record! I just hope and pray that somehow a miracle happens for Argyle!
England played their first world cup game against the Netherlands today and despite the win; England looked shaky; the bowling and fielding was very poor, uncharacteristically poor; in recent months England have been immense in the field. The Netherlands were a much improved side since the last time I saw them play; the Dutchmen managed a very respectable 292 – 6 with Ten Doeschate scoring 119. England batted well which is kinda ironic given the batting form in the ODI series with Australia. England had a solid batting performance but not spectacular; the run rate crept upto seven an over by the 43rd over; but Ravi Bopara hit two fours and one six in his quickfire 30 runs from 20 balls in dying moments of the game backed up by Paul Collingwood who also made 30 from 23 balls. England won the game by six wickets in the end but that scoreline flatters the Englishman. I can’t help thinking that if this game was against Australia, South Africa or the West Indies, England would have lost the game; but thankfully that wasn’t the case; onto the next game against India who will almost certainly be a much sterner test, improvement needed!