Plymouth Argyle has fallen victim to a rare Lucas goal and exited the FA Cup at the third round stage. Who would have thought the winning goal would be scored by Lucas and not Coutinho, Sturridge or Origi?
Despite the loss; to only lose by a single goal to a team of the caliber of Liverpool will go down as a great performance by the Greens. I, for one, am very, very proud of my hometown team to force a draw at Anfield to return to Home Park and only lose by a single goal and were denied an equalizer by the post.
I believe Plymouth were caught napping allowing Lucas to head into the net from Coutinho’s corner. However, you have to give massive respect to Argyle for the way they came out and pushed forward, they didn’t let their heads drop and half way through the second half, Jervis came so close to equalizing.
Liverpool had the chance to make it 0 – 2 from the penalty spot; Songo’o bringing down Moreno in the 18-yard box. Origi took the penalty kick and made a real hash of it, gifting Argyle keeper McCormick an easy save, keeping the Greens in the game; but, it just wasn’t going to go Argyle’s way today.
A moment that brought a tear to my eye was the banner being passed around the stands with a minute of applause for Daniel May who passed away during the first game while his father and Argyle fan, Kevin was in attendance at Anfield. The Plymouth fans did a similar thing in the first tie, leaving scarves and messages at the Hillsborough monument at Anfield. There are rivalries, but I love the football community and respect that transcends leagues and clubs, it somewhat restores my faith in human nature.
Bottom line, I am proud of my hometown team for their fight and passion, but I am kinda happy Argyle have exited the cup, so they can concentrate on their league campaign and promotion to League 1.
At the same time, I kinda wanted the same for Liverpool; being a Reds fan too, obviously I’m Plymouth first, Liverpool second, but I’d like Liverpool to concentrate on the league without cup distractions.