Now as a keen watcher of the game, I’ve never been a fan of having a tall striker. It becomes too easy for the long ball system to creep in to the play which doesn’t work…except it did for the win against Huddersfield. Two goals that were like for like. Goalkeeper kick, the tall man’s flick-on and the finish from the in-form striker.
And it was the return of two players that helped this winning combination. On-loan 'keeper David Button had been touch and go whether he would start at Home Park as he was still getting over the ankle injury that had kept him out of the squad since the opening weeks of the season. But one call to his manager Harry Redknapp by Peter Reid had the player back in Plymouth just in time.
There was also a return to the starting XI for Rory Fallon. The forward had been out for two months with a hernia operation and had only played half an hour of football since returning. But Fallon was truly instrumental in the three points on Saturday with the two goals and was unlucky not notch a goal of his own, which was harshly ruled out as a push on a Huddersfield defender.
And of course the flick-ons would have been for nothing had it not been for Plymouth’s goal scoring machine Bradley Wright-Phillips. The attacker had been quiet against Notts County last game, but he more than made up for it with his two goals against the Terriers.
This now takes him to his seventh of the season, taking him to within one of equalling the most goals he’s scored in a league for any of his previous teams with only 13 games gone.
With the victory, Plymouth moved to 17th and away from the drop zone. And at the hands of a team who had been on a run of three wins in a row and who sit nicely in a play-off place, it made the triumph even sweeter for the Green Army.
So as far as the long ball system goes, I hope to see it more and more at Home Park…as long as it guarantees the three points!
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.