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Will this downward spiral end? Argyle 1 – Tranmere 3

Plymouth lost their fifth game on the trot today at Home Park to drop another place to 19th in the league. Still two points off the relegation zone but the team immediately below Argyle have five games in hand over the Pilgrims. Yet again it was the lack of attacking options that cost Peter Reid’s team, Plymouth really don’t look like a threat in attack and leaky in defence, the way things are it’s hard to imagine the Pilgrims remaining a league one side next season. Tranmere’s Lateef Elford-Alliyu got on the scoresheet twice, first in the 22nd minute and again in the 64th minute. Enoch Showumni made it 3 – 0 in the 80th minute for the visitors; Joe Mason did get a consolation goal at the death but that means nothing as Argyle’s slide down the league continues. Things could have been different if a penalty was awarded to Joe Mason after he appeared to be elbowed by Ian Goodison in the 18 yard box. At least Argyle are out of immediate danger of being wound up but can they club afford to pay the next tax bill when it arrives? Still, no money has been forthcoming from the Japanese investors, Peter Ridsdale is still helping Argyle out in their time of crisis despite his threat to cut his ties with the club. It really doesn’t look good for the future of the club, their revenues don’t match their expenditure, as far as I know they players still haven’t received their January wages yet, despite the players dismal performances on the field; at least the players have turned up despite not being paid, for that I’ll give them credit! Hopefully a buyer can be found to revive the club’s recent fortunes!

After last weekend’s win over Chelsea, the Reds have been brought down to earth with a bump being held to a 1 – 1 draw at Anfield. But it wasn’t because of a poor Liverpool performance, it was because Wigan never gave up and finally managed to break down the home defence to walk away from Anfield with a point! Raul Meireles got on the scoresheet for the fourth time in five matches with a wonderful volleyed shot on the 24th minute. Wigan made the breakthough in the 65th minute, Steve Gohouri prodding in from close range; although there is some dispute about the player being offside when the ball was passed. I have no complaints though; Wigan did well to fight their way back from one down. Liverpool remain in sixth place but fall a further two points off fourth placed Tottenham, the deficit is currently eight points to the big four places, which might change if Chelsea win tomorrow to move back into the top four.

Nick Heidfeld has stated a great case to be the lead driver at Lotus Renault this coming 2011 season after topping the timesheets in the R30-01 at the second test session at Jerez. The German finished ahead of Spaniard Fernando Alonso by 0.132 seconds. It’s not a massive gap but given this is the first time that Heidfeld has driven the car, it’s pretty impressive. Michael Schumacher finished the session in third place, which has to count as a good session given Schumacher’s form last season. But the German wasn’t happy with the pace of his Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton finished day three in fourth place followed by my favourite driver of the last couple of Kamui Kobayashi finished 0.141 seconds behind Hamilton so a respectable outing for the Japanese in the Sauber. Of course none of these testing times are an indicator of pace once the season starts because teams are trying different strategies, different fuel loads and testing different components. The true indicator of pace will be at the end of the Bahrain GP.

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