Saturday, December 26, 2009

No festive cheer: City 0 - Plymouth 1

You just knew it was going to happen. City's record against bottom of the table clubs isn't great and nor is their Boxing Day record - no win in 10 years and after spurning a host of chances throughout the match against a very poor Plymouth side, the visitors snatched a late goal that saw them to victory.

Chopra without a goal in 10 should have scored at least two, Hudson missed a sitter and had a header superbly saved, and Whittingham and Bothroyd were also profligate.

Plymouth should have been down to 10 men just before the break, when Rory Fallon, already cautioned, clattered McNaughton, but the referee, Mr Gibbs, bottled the decision much to the chagrin of most of the 24,000 crowd.

You sensed then that this wasn't going to be City's day, and on 84 minutes, Paul Quin who'd had a pretty dire game anyway flailed at a clearance on the edge of the box that only pushed the ball 2 metres towards an opponent, who's shot deflected off a defender and gave keeper Marshall no chance.

Dave Jones immediately substituted Quinn, perhaps making a point, but it was all in vain as City again struggled to impose against lowly opposition.

No promotion at this rate. Must do better against Peterborough in two days time.

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