Boxing Day Football: Great come from behind win for Argyle!

Let’s start with the positives, Plymouth Argyle came back from a two goal half-time deficit to beat Bristol Rovers 2 – 3 at the Memorial Stadium, but despite the win, the Pilgrims drop back to the bottom of the league two table because Dagenham & Redbridge beat Barnet 3- 0 at Victoria Road!

At half-time I was fully expecting to come away from the Memorial Stadium empty handed, two goals being scored in a two minute period of play by Matt Harrold looked to have put the home side in command of the game, one from the penalty spot after Onismor Bhasera was judged to have fouled the striker, and the other from the edge of the 18 yard box from Joe Anyinsah’s cross.

After the half-time break, Argyle came out a different team, manager Carl Fletcher must have given one hell of a half-time team talk! Warren Feeney pulled on back from close range latching onto Ashley Hemmings corner kick in the 52nd minute. Nick Chadwick leveled the scores in the 80th minute from the edge of the penalty box after the home side failed to clear their lines. On loan striker Ashley Hemmings who was involved in both previous Argyle goals netted one for himself in the third minute of added time to give the Pilgrims three much needed points!

As I said at the head of this article, Plymouth have dropped back to the bottom of the league despite this win; but three points now separate the bottom five teams, so another win could see Argyle climb as high as 20th in the league, league survival is a real possibility if Argyle continue to play like this, it’s still going to be a battle but it doesn’t look as hopeless as it did six weeks ago!

Moving on up the M6; Liverpool were held to another disappointing 1 – 1 draw at Anfield against Blackburn Rovers, which brings Liverpool’s tally on home draws to six from nine games, I remember when we used to refer to Anfield as ‘Fortress Anfield’, it seems those days are long gone.

The gap to league leaders Manchester City is now upto 14 points but the gap to Chelsea in fourth place is only three points. Champions League football is still possible but Liverpool need to step up their home game, dropping 12 points at home is not good enough for Premiership glory!

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