Plymouth Argyle 0 Charlton Athletic 6
Well if there was ever a day to hide bad news, then today was it, but there was nothing bad about tonight’s result.
Laughably, we can now, we didn’t get out of our own half in the first ten minutes as Plymouth pressed from the off and forced corner after corner.
It was 20 minutes before we really showed when DJ had a shot saved, but we were starting to pass well and get forward in numbers especially wide and that is where the first goal came from when Millar surged into the box. His cross cum shot was saved, but JFC rubber necked the rebound high into the net. It was a big goal, undeserving on play at that point, but equally underlined our potential.
Plymouth were still in it and were getting in our box a little too comfortably. Stockley was inches away from putting us two-up when Purrington smashed in a lovely cross from the left, but Stockley made no mistake from an equally peachy Matthews’ cross from the other side just on the stroke of half-time. Always a great time to score.
With the 2nd half kick off came warnings of 2-0 leads exhorted by Scotty, Curbs and Deano. Amos made a huge save in the first minute, but then from his throw Millar changed defence to attack (which he does so well) got to the edge of the box, had a crack, and it got a couple of very fortunate Plymouth touches before ending up in the net. And breathe…. 0-3
Still we went forward. Gilbey, who is like a new signing, finishing superbly after great work by Stockley and Millar.
Matthews was excellent, and I thought it interesting that he was the first to be rested by Adkins when he started to roll in the subs. It was the Welshman who set up the 5th, winning the ball sending DJ away. His cross was dummied by Stockley and the ball fell to Millar who smashed home. I lost count of Millar’s fantasy points at this point.
Rolling subs killed the vibe a little, and naturally Argyle were on an absolute damage limitation purge at this point.
However I was chuffed that it was Aneke who put the icing on the cake and equalled our record away win. Pratley’s deft ball was controlled expertly by Chuks and he slid home.
In fact our easiest chance fell to Aneke minutes later when he burst away, again sent by Pratley, but he shot just wide of the post.
It was an historic day in news and sport, but a little League One game will also go down in history.
Nigel Adkins: “They were six good goals, we were ruthless in our finishing, we could have scored another one at the end with Chuks.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews