BLIZZARD FLATTENS HATTERS LATE ON
Plymouth’s first away win
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
WINNER: Dominic Blizzard scores the only goal of the game for Plymouth at Kenilworth Road
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