Sam Druiff – @samdruiff
Match Summary and Player Comments:
A worthwhile pre-season exercise saw Plymouth edge out as winners at Plainmoor. A Graham Carey tap in was enough to overcome the Gulls.
I thought we looked good at the back, and I was expecting it to be all Argyle going forward, and it was. However, a back five of Wynter, Essuman, Niate, Cameron and Davis managed to contain the Pilgrims for most of the game.
Alex Bass looks really assured and must fill his back line with confidence. I thought Ben Wynter had a good game and looks like a good attacking full back – just needs to settle into the team.
I was also impressed with the three centre halves; George Essuman seems to be a strong centre back who is good on the ball. Jean-Yves Koue Niate (mouthful!) was temperamental, made a few good challenges and blocks but has all the grace of Enoch Showunmi. Kyle Cameron was my pick of the three though, for a young lad who’s just come down from Newcastle, he looked strong defensively and comfortable on the ball, I’d actually like him to start with Gowling or Essuman as a centre back pairing. Liam Davis, my man of the match, has picked up where he left of last season; it’s so clear to see he has a huge amount of talent and I think he will be such an important player next season, for me he was the only player on the night that looked like he could make something happen.
I was not sure if it was a flat midfield four, which is what it looked like from my view, or a three as reported on the website. It looked like Reid and Banton were out wide with Nabi and Dickson in the middle. Jamie Reid looked very poor for me; he often struggled to beat the first man. I do think he has something to offer in the Conference South, but you can tell he is miles off the level of a League One Plymouth. The same has to be said for new number 10 Jason Banton, Matty Hayward summed it up perfectly, a poor man’s Ajala. Now I do believe, like Reid, he has something to offer in the South, but he isn’t the same player that Argyle once shelled out £300,000 for. Samir Nabi was my man of the match against Forest Green, but didn’t look up to the pace of Plymouth, I do see him as a key player though. Ryan Dickson has obvious quality and very valuable experience – but does need a bit more pre-season.
Brett Williams started in the number nine role – he did make some good runs but he absolutely needs a proper strike partner. I really hope that against part-time football clubs we play a more attacking line up with two recognised strikers. I also, no offence Brett, pray he isn’t the new captain. No way does he have the qualities needed. Asa Hall wasn’t in the squad but I think he will be our best bet as captain.
A word on our subs, James Roberts came on for Essuman and didn’t have that much to offer, still not sure who he is. Josh Gowling came on for Banton and once again showed he is our best defender. Olaf Koszela came on for Ryan Dickson late on but didn’t get enough time to make an impact, I really hope he gets a chance though! Jon-Paul Pittman came on for Reid and again didn’t get a chance to make an impact but I think he could be a good option to play with Brett upfront. Ruairi Keating came on for Brett and never really got going, had one half decent effort, same as Reid though, I hope he proves a point this season.