Ply­mouth’s first away win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mike Simmonds

DO­MINIC BLIZ­ZARD’S fine in­di­vid­ual strike saw Ply­mouth win away for the first time in League Two this sea­son and Pil­grims boss John Sheri­dan sin­gled out his mid­fielder for spe­cial commendation and ad­mi­ra­tion.

Bliz­zard weaved his way through Town’s de­fence to fire home on 68 min­utes as Lu­ton con­tinue to strug­gle to adapt to life in League Two.

And Ply­mouth boss Sheri­dan couldn’t get enough of Bliz­zard with the Pil­grims now push­ing to­wards the play-off places.

And Sheri­dan said:“I think it was a great goal, great com­po­sure and great feet, but he’s got that in his game.

“I’m re­ally pleased for him, he missed a lot of foot­ball due to in­jury, so hope­fully he can get back play­ing as he’s a re­ally good player when he’s fit.

“He’s not re­ally been fit since he’s been at the club and hope­fully get­ting the win­ning goal will give him a big boost.

“We were un­der the cosh a bit, but that hap­pens a lit­tle bit away from home. I told the play­ers, stay solid, and be or­gan­ised as they do pass the ball and the two lit­tle play­ers up front get into ar­eas and cause you prob­lems.

“But I think Luke McCormick had one save to make and I’d like to con­cen­trate on the sec­ond half as we took the game to them. We looked re­ally solid and caused them prob­lems.”

Mean­while Hat­ters man­ager John Still was left be­moan­ing his team’s lack of goals. He said:“The start was as good as any­thing I’ve seen since I’ve been here, I was re­ally pleased with our play.

“Did we not have a cut­ting edge? I don’t know. We had op­por­tu­ni­ties, we got shots off, the pace of our game was good.

“Sec­ond half was OK, they came into it in fair­ness. I just thought we played re­ally well but haven’t got that cut­ting edge at the mo­ment, that’s what we missed.

“Like last year, of course you have con­cerns and when you work in train­ing – the week had been ter­rific, the fin­ish­ing had been ter­rific – all you can do is carry on work­ing.

“It’s like any­thing else that’s not quite right, you have to in­ves­ti­gate, so we’ll sit down and have a look.

“But the job of all teams is to win matches and once we got into it last year, we found it not easy to win matches, but eas­ier as we got into that groove and we’ve got to work hard to get into that groove.”

It was Lu­ton who started stronger as Luke Gut­tridge saw his free­kick palmed over by Luke McCormick and then sent another ef­fort straight at him. Luke Rooney then half volleyed over, be­fore Ar­gyle missed a glo­ri­ous chance as Lewis Alessandra couldn’t beat Mark Tyler when one on one.

Mark Cullen and Alessandra then both sent ef­forts wide, and Lu­ton should have lead on 28 min­utes as Jake How­ells’ scuffed shot was tipped wide by McCormick. Bliz­zard’s daisy­cut­ter was too close to Tyler and Reuben Reid volleyed over.

Just be­fore the break, Lu­ton sliced their way through with some won­der­ful pass­ing but How­ells was de­nied by a bril­liant McCormick block.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Ar­gyle looked to have weath­ered the storm, although were thank­ful to a brave block by Kelvin Mel­lor on Rud­dock Mpanzu’s fierce drive.

With an hour gone, Ply­mouth were inches away from break­ing the dead­lock too as Reid teed up Bliz­zard whose side-footer skimmed just wide.

How­ever, Bliz­zard then notched what proved to be the win­ner with some lovely skill and mea­sured fin­ish as Town went to sleep.

Bliz­zard then should have put the re­sult beyond doubt, but tamely prod­ded wide from Reid’s cross and Hat­ters never se­ri­ously looked like equal­is­ing.The clos­est they came was when sub Ross Lafayette fired wide while Steve McNulty was also off tar­get and Gut­tridge’s late shouts for a penalty were turned down.

LATE DRAMA: Do­minic Bliz­zard cel­e­brates his match­win­ner

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

WIN­NER: Do­minic Bliz­zard scores the only goal of the game for Ply­mouth at Ke­nil­worth Road


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