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Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading: The Alternative View

Gotta love a good cup run!

Plymouth Argyle v Reading - Carabao Cup Second Round Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

The Royals’ League Cup trail continued with a trip to Home Park in Plymouth. With a hefty fixture schedule of four games in nine days, Jose Gomes played safe and rested the first team, giving the opportunity for the academy and fringe players to get some valuable game time.

In reality this was a massive potential for a banana skin. However, buoyed on by a travelling army of 800 fans from the Royal County, Reading eventually saw the game out with Josh Barrett producing a couple of decent finishes and Yakou Meite getting in on the act with a well-taken penalty and breakaway goal which was firmly finished.

The subplot to this happened after the game with the terrible news of Bury’s exit from the Football League, a fate that Plymouth Argyle nearly were exposed to eight years ago. Given the amount of ex-Bury players and management at the League Two club, there was an understandable reaction post-match.

On the game itself and Plymouth certainly gave us a contest, and both sets of fans took a lot of positives away from it regardless of the result.


Wise words

A thought echoed by everyone in football

Think this might be stretching it slightly

“Theatre of Greens!”

He is!

Well... can’t help it!

No s***!

Only one Charlie Adam!

This just needs banning

You just have to admire this season’s away support


In reality it’s hard to expect too much in the way of media interest given the events happening with Bury and some interesting cup exits elsewhere. However, The Daily Mail give us two lines and an decent picture of Yakou Meite who looks delighted with his goal!

There is 2.09 minutes of coverage from Sky on the game; it’s worth watching to see Barrett’s goal. They don’t actually have a match report which is slightly disappointing. The BBC as always have a report and the stats, saying Barrett was impressive and that Plymouth will “rue” a missed chance to take a 3-1 lead... and then we won.

The Plymouth Herald is naturally over the moon with this result, saying “they had much to admire” about the display from the Pilgrims, which to be fair is probably right.

Closing thoughts

Jose got this game right. The first team have had a fair few games in the last couple of weeks, and the league has to take priority. It was good to see some of the young guns get a run out and although by all reports it wasn’t a dominant display, a few are showing that they are capable and willing. Whether they have the guile and quality for a Championship season is a different question, but players such as Barrett are certainly pushing for a start.

Our academy is perplexing; this class look a decent one and some of the kids we have coming through the ranks certainly are showing signs of being good players. We have had many false dawns with players that we thought that would be excellent, but then seen them move on and become journeyman players. As important as it is for us to have faith in them, it’s also important that they have trust in the club and not expect too much too soon.

We move back to league action at the weekend with a tricky game against Charlton Athletic, who have had an impressive start to the season. This game is a huge test of our mettle and hopefully our run can continue!