Plymouth 2 Northampton 0
I know I should have embarked on a 600 mile round trip to the land of feral black pudding for a Tuesday night football fix, but to be honest with Argyle reducing that trip by 99% and the prospect of checking out a couple of ex-players, Home Park was my destination last night.
Expectations were not overly high - two sides in the relegation zone , a strong wind, both sides playing a deep lying 451. A classic was not expected. Expectations were duly delivered.
Northampton truly dreadful - small slow lone forward unsurprisingly got nowhere and sole attacking ploy seemed to be a long crossfield ball to a winger (with it appears approx. 20 yard either side margin of error) and on the few occasions he got it, he would then hoof it over the bar. Perhaps he thought he was playing rugby. it was quite bizarre.
Matt Ingram - largely untroubled apart from two free header goals he could do nothing about.
Joel Grant - looked tidy on Plymouth's wing without ever looking over threatening
Matt Grimes - big things expected of this lad when he moved from Exeter to Swansea for big money - looked neat enough but nothing special. Disappointing.
Aaron Pierre - star of the show but not for the right reasons. I watched him closely. Even in the pre match warm up he looked a strangely isolated figure detached from his teammates. Looked physically far less imposing than before somehow. Won a header or two, poor on the ball, lost his man at a first half set piece giving him a free header goal. Weak free header from in the six yard box squandered northamptons one on-target effort all match. Start of second half gave away an unnecessary clumsy foul down the channel before losing his man again from the freekick for another free header goal. Subbed off on the hour for another centreback - no injury or formation change involved. Chat to a couple of Northampton fans tells me that they are not impressed with him all season.
Something looks very wrong with Mr Pierre. Wild DevC prediction of the week, a phone call from GA around Christmas, wouldn't be totally surprised to see him back at AP on loan in January.
Quite relieved when the bloke with the whistle finally gave us all permission to go home. I will not be rushing back.