Plymouth Argyle’s troubles deepen with a third league defeat in four games leaving the Pilgrims on the edge of the relegation zone with just one point! By the looks of it; the young Argyle side played reasonably well to hold the home side to 0 – 0 at half time only to crumble in the second half. To be fair; two of the Gillingham goals came from the penalty spot. First of which came in the 74th minute after Ben Gibson handled the ball in the 18 yard box and the second deep into added time, Simon Walton fouling Charlie Lee, both penalties scored by Danny Kedwell. Inbetween the penalties Luke Rooney got in between the Argyle defenders to found the back of the net from close range in the 86th minute, the end result a 3 – 0 win for the home side. Pilgrims manager Peter Reid has claimed the poor Argyle performances have nothing to do with financial worries but I find that hard to believe with players new and old not being paid plus all the uncertainty over the clubs future; that has to have an effect on morale at the club. The administrator was close to liquidating the club before last Saturday’s game if the players refused to defer wages. Two more deadlines have passed and the sale of the club is no closer it seems, the latest deadline passed yesterday and no word has come from administrator Brendan Guilfoyle. More than likely the deadline has been extended again until the 26th August, which is the maximum it can be extended!
Meanwhile Liverpool had a good win at the Emirates Stadium defeating Arsenal 0 – 2 to go second ahead of Sunday and Monday’s Premiership games. The win is good but hardly unexpected given Arsenal being a selling club at this time with some of their key players off to new pastures. This is the first time that Liverpool have beaten Arsenal at Highbury/Emirates Stadium in 11 years, so maybe this is a good omen for success this season! The first Liverpool goal was a very fortuitous one; Ignasi Miquel attempted clearance deflected off Aaron Ramsey into the back of their own net. The goal was very much a forced error as Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles combined to force the mistake that led to the own goal in the 78th minute! Suarez made sure of the win in the 90th minute from very close range to give the visitors a two goal cushion. Hopefully this win will kickstart Liverpool’s season after a disappointing 1 – 1 draw at home against Sunderland last week!
Moving onto cricket, England are in prime position to claim the fourth and final test match against India to whitewash the tourists. England set a first innings target of 591 for six wickets declared with Ian Bell posting a score of 235 and Kevin Pietersen 175. At stumps on day three; India were 103 for five wickets still 488 runs behind England’s first innings total. Graeme Swann was the pick of the England bowlers on day three; taking three wickets for 27 runs with three maiden overs, Stuart Broad and James Anderson also picked up a wicket a piece. The key for England is to force the follow-on, meaning the they need to dispatch Rahul Dravid early tomorrow, the tail should be reasonably easy to bowl out! England will also be hoping for good weather for the final two days!