Northampton Town came out victorious over league leaders Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, in a League Two top of the table clash, bringing them level on points at the top of the division.
Northampton beat Argyle 2-1 in a closely contested match which leaves the two sides level on points, separated only by goal difference, the Cobblers have a game in hand over leaders Plymouth.
The first half was fairly even, neither side really got any kind of fluidity to their game, and Northampton scored from a Plymouth error, Argyle’s right-back Mellor under hit a back pass to keeper McCormick who was dispossessed by Jamie Collins who slotted into the empty net.
Northampton leading scorer Marc Richards added the second with Argyle giving the ball away on the edge of their own box with suicidal defending, Argyle got one back through sub Gregg Wylde, but the hosts could not find a late equalizer.
Here are THREE things we learned from Plymouth’s 2-1 defeat to Northampton…..
1). Argyle need to recruit this month.
The lack of depth in the squad showed, without Graham Carey in midfield, Argyle lacked a bit of creative flair – Simpson and McHugh are good players but they don’t have that extra bit of guile to get Plymouth’s passing really going with any purpose.
If the Pilgrims want to get promotion they need to add three extra players to the squad, a creative midfielder, a forward and a right back.
If they do not add players to their squad they might not make it over the line and end up in the play-offs.
2) Northampton will go up.
They went to league leaders Plymouth nullified them going forward and just about deserved all three points, there is no doubt they are a very good side.
I expected more from them but neither side really got any kind of momentum going, they did what they had to and got the win.
Despite not playing their best, you can still tell they are a good side and will finish in the top three maybe even as champions.
3) Argyle should buy Oscar Threlkeld
Oscar Threkeld was Argyle’s best player on the pitch by far against the Cobblers, the young Bolton midfielder shone in an otherwise average Plymouth performance.
He broke up play, chased lost causes, had an urgency that the rest of his Plymouth teammates did not get until late on in the second half.
Oscar clearly is a talented midfielder and with Bolton’s precarious financial situation a bid for this player should be on Argyle’s mind, he’s good now, but in a few years he will be extremely good
Plymouth and Northampton fans have your say……….. What did you think of the match? Will your side go up? Who do you think will be champions of League Two? Leave your comments below!