The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jef­fer­son Lake To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

NORTHAMP­TON’s bat­tle against rel­e­ga­tion took a fur­ther turn for the worse with de­feat to Ply­mouth, although new Cob­blers boss Chris Wilder is re­fus­ing to throw in the towel.

The Foot­ball League’s bot­tom club were a goal down af­ter five min­utes at Six­fields when Reuben Reid swept home a left-wing cross.

Lewis Alessan­dra bagged a sec­ond to­wards the end of the first half to se­cure a first win in this fix­ture for the Pil­grims since 1951.

It also en­sures Northamp­ton, who have signed six new play­ers un­der Wilder and gave full home de­buts to four of them, are now seven points adrift at the bot­tom of League Two.

The newly-in­stalled boss recog­nised the ease with which Ply­mouth scored but in­sists the team he has in­her­ited from Aidy Boothroyd has enough about it to turn things around.

“We’ve got to bet­ter de­fen­sively, the two goals we con­ceded were very poor,” said the for­mer Ox­ford boss.

“The goals gave Ply­mouth a mas­sive boost and were a knock back for us, es­pe­cially the sec­ond goal which gave them a big lift be­fore the break.

“There are no shirk­ers in the team and the play­ers are hav­ing a right go at it de­spite all the changes.We haven’t got time and we need to af­fect things pretty quickly.

“There is enough ex­pe­ri­ence in the side now but we need to be much harder to play through and not give teams a two-goal start. That al­lowed Ply­mouth to sit back and it was dif­fi­cult for us to cre­ate chances.

“I'm con­fi­dent there is enough at­tack­ing qual­ity in the team and there will not be many more changes. This is the group of play­ers that has got to take the op­por­tu­nity but we badly need that first win.”

The game was just five min­utes old when Reid pounced on a loose ball to fire the visi­tors ahead – his 14th of a fruit­ful cam­paign.

Ja­son Ban­ton and Neal Trot­man both went close to dou­bling Ply­mouth’s lead be­fore Alessan­dra did grab a sec­ond on his 25th birth­day, al­beit some­what for­tu­itously as the wind sent his cross in.

The Cob­blers came clos­est through Alan Con­nell but were un­able to find a goal, much to the de­light of Ar­gyle man­ager John Sheri­dan.

“It was a very good team per­for­mance and I’m very pleased with the re­sult,” said the Ar­gyle chief.

“Tak­ing the three points was all im­por­tant for us in this game and I thought we fully de­served to get them.

“The con­di­tions were very dif­fi­cult to play in but I thought we dealt with them a lot bet­ter than Northamp­ton did.

“We kept try­ing to pass the ball and play­ing the way I want us to play and it was ob­vi­ously very dif­fi­cult in the con­di­tions.

“The early goal set­tled us down a lot and I thought that we would need a sec­ond one. But I'm pleased with how we did and it was pleas­ing

to pick up the clean sheet.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

FAST START: Ply­mouth’s Reuben Reid, left, scores the opener in the fifth minute

ALL SMILES: Ply­mouth’s Lewis Alessan­dra, right



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