MARV THE DIF­FER­ENCE FOR JOHN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

IF Marvin Mor­gan can con­tinue in this vein of form then League Two de­fend­ers bet­ter take no­tice af­ter the gi­ant striker laid the foun­da­tions for Ply­mouth to make it back-to-back wins.

Mor­gan was un­playable at times dur­ing the first half at Home Park, mar­ry­ing flair and artistry with men­ace and a phys­i­cal pres­ence.

The for­mer Shrews­bury Town front­man caused havoc in the Rochdale penalty box and it was no sur­prise that he won the penalty which led to the only goal of the game.

Mor­gan was the first to re­act to a clumsy touch from Dale skip­per Olly Lan­cashire and got to the ball ahead of on­rush­ing keeper Josh Lil­lis.

The Pil­grims striker fell to the deck and, de­spite an­i­mated protests from the Dale play­ers, ref­eree Bren­dan Mal­one pointed to the spot. It was a de­bat­able de­ci­sion but Reid showed com­po­sure to fire the penalty into the cor­ner.

“Marvin worked his socks off,” said Ply­mouth boss John Sheri­dan. “He showed that he is a bet­ter player when he is high up the pitch up tak­ing on de­fend­ers.

“He was a right hand­ful in the first half and he re­ally got us go­ing. I thought our front two caused them lot of prob­lems.

“It was a game of two halves. We played re­ally well in the first half and should have had it sewn up by half­time.

“But they came back at us af­ter half­time and we just didn’t get go­ing in the sec­ond half.

“I am dis­ap­pointed with how we per­formed in that sec­ond half be­cause I know we are a lot bet­ter than that.”

Ar­gyle sig­nalled their at­tack­ing in­tent in­side the first minute af­ter Mor­gan mus­cled his way into the box, only to see his header clawed around the post by Lil­lis.

Reid wasted a glo­ri­ous chance af­ter Lil­lis fum­bled Cur­tis Nel­son’s mon­ster throw be­fore the striker was pre­sented with an op­por­tu­nity to atone.

Mor­gan crashed to the turf and Reid coolly despatched the re­sult­ing penalty.

Rochdale emerged a dif­fer­ent side at the start of the sec­ond half and were de­nied an equaliser when Ian Hen­der­son’s free-kick was steered goal­wards by Lund be­fore Luke McCormick scram­bled the ball to safety.

The vis­i­tors piled on the pres­sure in the clos­ing stages but Joe Bun­ney’s header from flew wide.

Dale boss Keith Hill said: “We con­ceded a very soft penalty. It came from a cat­a­logue of er­rors which ended with our keeper mak­ing the last mis­take. It was one-way traf­fic in the sec­ond half and we put the op­po­si­tion un­der se­vere pres­sure. But we squan­dered chance af­ter chance.

“We have to start mak­ing sure we put away our chances and ease the bur­den on our de­fence and keeper “But I am en­cour­aged by the per­for­mance and I am sure

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PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

SHAKE: Ply­mouth’s Rueben Reid and Ro­muald Boco

NO, REF! Josh Lil­lis protests af­ter giv­ing away a penalty

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