A troubling start to the season didn’t get any easier in midweek for Plymouth Argyle, outclassed by Championship opponents Reading in the EFL Cup first round.
No one really expected the Pilgrims to get anything from that one, and the second half display was more encouraging, but it’s the second half display and the alarming lack of pace in the defence that is of concern to many at Home Park.
Derek Adams did well with his squad last season, but has had to cope with a few massive blows over the summer with Curtis Nelson, Peter Hartley, Carl McHugh, Gregg Wylde and Jamille Matt all moving on to pastures new. He’s done well in terms of replacing them, with 13 new signings, although the quality of them is unknown and will be determined in the coming weeks.
This weekend, they face a tricky trip to Carlisle, and the last time they faced the Blues it was at Blackburn’s Ewood Park after their ground was flooded. They won the game 2-0, with Ryan Brunt and Wylde getting the goals.
The Cumbrians did well last weekend, saving a point after having a man sent off in the first half away at Portsmouth. They will provide stern opposition, and may well not be too far away from promotion at the end of the season.
Here, in the opinion of FLW’s Ryan Evans, is a Plymouth team that will be able to beat Carlisle on Saturday.