PLY­MOUTH COULD STILL MAKE STEP UP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

IF this match told us any­thing, it is that Ply­mouth are cast-iron cer­tain­ties to claim a play-off place and Ex­eter are des­tined for a mid-ta­ble fin­ish.

The Pil­grims moved the ball quicker, were sharper in the tackle, showed how to de­fend and boast the fire­power to mount a pro­mo­tion chal­lenge.

On the other hand, Ex­eter’s slack de­fend­ing looks to be prov­ing costly as they gifted their Devon ri­vals all three goals.

Reuben Reid un­der­lined his sta­tus as one of the hottest prop­er­ties in the lower leagues, but this victory owed as much to a solid team ef­fort. The Pil­grims’ three cen­tral de­fend­ers are a force to be reck­oned with, but, equally im­por­tant, has been the de­fen­sive shield pro­vided by mid­field an­chor man An­thony O’Con­nor. Lewis Alessan­dra and Reid are un­doubt­edly one of the best strike part­ner­ships around and the ac­qui­si­tion of Drew Tal­bot out wide is also pay­ing div­i­dends. Don’t rule Ply­mouth out of mak­ing a late charge for the au­to­matic spots.

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