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Posted Sat 07 May 11 at 17:30 PM

ARGYLE 1 ORIENT 4

Argyle 1
Bolasie 63

Leyton Orient 4
McGleish (pen) 13, Cox 15, Revell 77, 89

BY ROB McNICHOL

Argyle lost their last game of an exhausting 2010/2011 season 4-1 to Leyton Orient, in an afternoon which was a microcosm of the whole campaign.

Argyle shipped careless goals, responded with fighting spirit, were dealt harsh decisions and had a man sent off as seventh placed Orient picked up three additional points by virtue of a flattering scoreline.

A Scott McGleish penalty was followed in quick succession by a goal from Dean Cox as Orient went into half time two up. Yala Bolasie's scorching -and deserved - goal halved the deficit, but Romain Larrieu saw red and Orient substitute Alex Revell added two more to send The O's back to London contended.

Before the game, Carl Fletcher picked up the Player of the Year award for the second year in a row, becoming the first player to do so since the mercurial talents of Steve McCall saw the Argyle and Ipswich legend complete this rare double nearly twenty years ago.

Prior to Fletch reclaiming this silverware, Curtis Nelson won Young Player of the Season poll in the biggest racing certainty since Usain Bolt said to Sean McCarthy "Race you back to the car, pal."

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Despite this game being an obvious forum to shuffle the pack, manager Peter Reid stayed faithful to the back four which has performed admirably in the run in. Since Stephane Zubar stepped across to centre half to join Curtis Nelson, the manager's weekly concerns about his side's defending has lessened considerably.

There were, though, changes elsewhere. Season-long peripheral figures Anton Peterlin, Rory Patterson and popular goalkeeper Romain Larrieu received recalls, as did Joe Mason. Teenage winger Luke Young, who made his first appearance on his 18th birthday at Brighton, was in the starting eleven for the first time.

Unusually, the Argyle bench housed only five players, two of whom were goalkeepers.

Argyle had the best of the opening exchanges. Returning Pilgrim Adam Barrett, with a committed block, stopped a fierce Rory Patterson drive from the edge of the box, before repeating the dose when Joe Mason nipped into the box.

Orient's first meaningful venture was a telling one. Experience midfielder Matthew Spring made an intelligent incursion into Argyle's penalty area, and clipped a ball straight at Curtis Nelson. The young Argyle defender made an instinctive motion to the ball with his hand, in clear view of referee Dean Whitestone, who had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Veteran striker Scott McGleish, scorer of over 200 goals in his career, added one to his impressive total from twelve yards, leaving Larrieu little chance.

If that seemed a cruel blow given that Argyle had dictated virtually all of the previous dozen minutes, matters were soon to get much worse. Dean Cox was hauled down by Carl Fletcher a shade over twenty yards from Larrieu's goal, and after dusting himself down, clipped a lovely free-kick low a droit of Le Keeper.

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From 0-0 and in relative control to shipping two goals down in within 180 minutes, you could forgive Argyle's patchwork side of some nervousness post-Orient's brace. It didn't help that the visitors are a seventh place side who know how to play tidy football.

The pace of the game dropped to almost walking pace, with Argyle again having the bulk of possession, but never looking likely to penetrate Orient, who looked content to enjoy the feeling of knowing they'll on holiday very shortly.

Rory Patterson heading safely over from a Jim Paterson cross during this phase was the closest Argyle got. Orient, however, looked a danger on the counter, and proved so on the half hour. Paul-Jose M'Poku put Cox clear, only for the lively attacker to miscontrol when in acres of space and only eight yards from goal.

A patient build up on 38 minutes from the home side resulted in a couple of Argyle crosses into the box and Orient failing to clear their lines twice. The second ball out fell to Fletcher some twenty-five yards out, but the Pilgrims' skipper's drive found the frame of human ball-magnet Barrett. Fletcher and others cried 'hand', but more in hope than anticipation.

Three minutes later, in virtually an identical field position, Fletcher found an ounce more space and fired goalwards again. The pacy drive had O's keeper Butcher on edge, but was a yard over the bar.

At the other end, visiting midfielder Tom Carroll managed to wriggle into space in the Argyle area, but his hurried shot was hit with little conviction, suggesting he knew it might not have been his best option.

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After the fourth official had raised his board, signalling the impending cessation of the first period, Argyle had their best chance of the half. Stephane Zubar, who had come forward in anticipation of a long throw that never came, ghosted into space at the far post, and met a Jim Paterson cross. However, he could only tamely head over. The whistle went seconds later, with Zubar knowing he could well have reduced the deficit.

After the break, Argyle started the brighter, with Fletcher continuing his one man long-range shooting competition, this time fizzing one low and wide of Butcher's goal.

Orient attempted déjà vu. Their first foray into Argyle territory saw Daniels burst down the left and square for McGleish. It's doubtful which player got their first, but the ball looped up and forced Larrieu to cushion the ball onto his crossbar before encouraging it to safety.

An Argyle corner which was eventually headed over by Yala Bolasie saw clash of heads between Zubar and Barrett, causing the former to leave the field to be patched up. However, it was in this period of numerical disparity that Argyle fashioned their best chance to that point. Joe Mason showed balance and poise to slalom through the Orient rearguard. His clipped effort beat Butcher, but slammed the inside of the O's stopper's right hand post.

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Shortly afterwards, following a fierce Young corner Bolasie retrieved the ball, and after a series of one-twos, fired back into the danger area. How the low ball in evaded the onrushing Peterlin, his accompanying defender and Butcher is mystery that will remain unsolved.

Argyle were looking more dangerous than at any point of the match (or indeed, than any point in the last eight days) and Bolasie seemed to be involved in everything. A clever ball from the number nineteen's feet found Rory Patterson through on goal, but the ball wouldn't fall for him, and the enforced half-second delay gave two desperate defenders time to deflect the ball wide.

On sixty three minutes, Bolasie decided that feeding other players was a mugs game. Instead, he let rip with a shot which cut through the air around Butcher like a cleaver through some prize fillet steaks. Not for the first time this season, a Bolasie rocket had graced the Devonport end.

Argyle pressure continued. A deep Jim Paterson cross was headed into the side netting by Karl Duguid, who was probably trying to head it back across goal.

The side netting at the other end was struck when, in a very similar manner to the first half, Dean Cox found space in the channel. This time he managed to control the ball, but it ran wide and his goalbound prod found only the exterior of the netting.

After Peter Reid had shuffled his pack a little, replacing Rory Patterson with Kari Arnason, the familiar sight of a referee's red card forced another, unwanted, change.

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A header from Curtis Nelson fell short of Larrieu, and with Alex Revell guaranteed to get to the ball first, Romain raced out to meet the substitute and make himself big. Unfortunately, at least in the view of the referee, the French custodian used an arm to stop the ball's progress, some five yards from the edge of his 18-yard line.

Mr Whitestone, who was well positioned, had little hesitation in making Larrieu the thirteenth and latest Pilgrim to be sent off in this torturous season.

David Button replaced the unlucky Luke Young to take Larrieu's place, but his first action was to pick the ball out of the net. Revell stepped up to strike the free-kick, and he won't have struck many worse. However, unfortunately for the luckless Pilgrims, the ball struck the wall and deflected past the stricken Button.

From here, Orient took almost solitary control on the game. Button saved bravely at the feet of Dawson and Cox, before an Omozusi centre bypassed several prowling red shirts.

Stephane Zubar, conspicuous in a head bandage, was harshly adjudged to have brought down Cox inches outside the area. From the free kick, Daniels blasted into a wall.

Jim Paterson turned copycat shortly afterwards, striking a defensive wall, with the resultant cross looking like it could have struck the hand of Adam Chambers. But not in the opinion of the officials.

Daniels made another surge down his left channel with only minutes remaining, and Alex Revell stabbed him to complete a very lopsided 1-4 scoreline which hardly reflected matters to that point.

After the match, the Argyle staff joined the players in a lap of acknowledgment. Was this staff acknowledging players? The other way around? Supporters acknowledging staff and players? It matters not. For all to have endured this stormy season and come out stronger and more united is incredible.

In some ways a forgettable season. In others one which is impossible to forget.

It's been said once, and it deserves to be said again - RESURGAM.

Argyle (4-2-3-1): 1 Romain Larrieu; 2 Karl Duguid, 29 Jim Paterson, 35 Curtis Nelson, 36 Stephane Zubar; 16 Joe Mason, 21 Anton Peterlin, 4 Carl Fletcher (capt), 34 Luke Young (31 David Button, 77); 8 Rory Patterson (11 Kari Arnason, 72), 19 Yala Bolasie. Substitutes (not used): 3 Bondz N'Gala, 20 Luke Summerfield, Ollie Chenoweth (gk)

Booked: Zubar

Sent Off: Larrieu

Orient (4-3-3): 12 Lee Butcher; 2 Elliott Omazuzi, 30 Adam Barrett, 6 Terrell Forbes, 13 Charlie Daniels; 25 Tom Carroll (10 Adam Chambers, 80), 16 Matthew Spring (4 Ben Chorley, 68), 8 Stephen Dawson (capt); 7 Dean Cox, 9 Scott McGleish (11 Alex Revell, 68), 27 Paul-Jose M'Pokli.

Argyle 1

Bolasie 63

Leyton Orient 4

McGleish (pen) 13, Cox 15, Revell 77, 89.

BY ROB McNICHOL

Argyle lost their last game of an exhausting 2010/2011 season 4-1 to Leyton Orient, in an afternoon which was a microcosm of the whole campaign.

Argyle shipped careless goals, responded with fighting spirit, were dealt harsh decisions and had a man sent off as seventh placed Orient picked up three additional points by virtue of a flattering scoreline.

A Scott McGleish penalty was followed in quick succession by a goal from Dean Cox as Orient went into half time two up. Yala Bolasie's scorching -and deserved - goal halved the deficit, but Romain Larrieu saw red and Orient substitute Alex Revell added two more to send The O's back to London contended.

Before the game, Carl Fletcher picked up the Player of the Year award for the second year in a row, becoming the first player to do so since the mercurial talents of Steve McCall saw the Argyle and Ipswich legend complete this rare double nearly twenty years ago.

Prior to Fletch reclaiming this silverware, Curtis Nelson won Young Player of the Season poll in the biggest racing certainty since Usain Bolt said to Sean McCarthy "Race you back to the car, pal."

Despite this game being an obvious forum to shuffle the pack, manager Peter Reid stayed faithful to the back four which has performed admirably in the run in. Since Stephane Zubar stepped across to centre half to join Curtis Nelson, the manager's weekly concerns about his side's defending has lessened considerably.

There were, though, changes elsewhere. Season-long peripheral figures Anton Peterlin, Rory Patterson and popular goalkeeper Romain Larrieu received recalls, as did Joe Mason. Teenage winger Luke Young, who made his first appearance on his 18th birthday at Brighton, was in the starting eleven for the first time.

Unusually, the Argyle bench housed only five players, two of whom were goalkeepers.

Argyle had the best of the opening exchanges. Returning Pilgrim Adam Barrett, with a committed block, stopped a fierce Rory Patterson drive from the edge of the box, before repeating the dose when Joe Mason nipped into the box.

Orient's first meaningful venture was a telling one. Experience midfielder Matthew Spring made an intelligent incursion into Argyle's penalty area, and clipped a ball straight at Curtis Nelson. The young Argyle defender made an instinctive motion to the ball with his hand, in clear view of referee Dean Whitestone, who had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Veteran striker Scott McGleish, scorer of over 200 goals in his career, added one to his impressive total from twelve yards, leaving Larrieu little chance.

If that seemed a cruel blow given that Argyle had dictated virtually all of the previous dozen minutes, matters were soon to get much worse. Dean Cox was hauled down by Carl Fletcher a shade over twenty yards from Larrieu's goal, and after dusting himself down, clipped a lovely free-kick low a droit of Le Keeper.

From 0-0 and in relative control to shipping two goals down in within 180 minutes, you could forgive Argyle's patchwork side of some nervousness post-Orient's brace. It didn't help that the visitors are a seventh place side who know how to play tidy football.

The pace of the game dropped to almost walking pace, with Argyle again having the bulk of possession, but never looking likely to penetrate Orient, who looked content to enjoy the feeling of knowing they'll on holiday very shortly.

Rory Patterson heading safely over from a Jim Paterson cross during this phase was the closest Argyle got. Orient, however, looked a danger on the counter, and proved so on the half hour. Paul-Jose M'Poku put Cox clear, only for the lively attacker to miscontrol when in acres of space and only eight yards from goal.

A patient build up on 38 minutes from the home side resulted in a couple of Argyle crosses into the box and Orient failing to clear their lines twice. The second ball out fell to Fletcher some twenty-five yards out, but the Pilgrims' skipper's drive found the frame of human ball-magnet Barrett. Fletcher and others cried 'hand', but more in hope than anticipation.

Three minutes later, in virtually an identical field position, Fletcher found an ounce more space and fired goalwards again. The pacy drive had O's keeper Butcher on edge, but was a yard over the bar.

At the other end, visiting midfielder Tom Carroll managed to wriggle into space in the Argyle area, but his hurried shot was hit with little conviction, suggesting he knew it might not have been his best option.

After the fourth official had raised his board, signalling the impending cessation of the first period, Argyle had their best chance of the half. Stephane Zubar, who had come forward in anticipation of a long throw that never came, ghosted into space at the far post, and met a Jim Paterson cross. However, he could only tamely head over. The whistle went seconds later, with Zubar knowing he could well have reduced the deficit.

After the break, Argyle started the brighter, with Fletcher continuing his one man long-range shooting competition, this time fizzing one low and wide of Butcher's goal.

Orient attempted déjà vu. Their first foray into Argyle territory saw Daniels burst down the left and square for McGleish. It's doubtful which player got their first, but the ball looped up and forced Larrieu to cushion the ball onto his crossbar before encouraging it to safety.

An Argyle corner which was eventually headed over by Yala Bolasie saw clash of heads between Zubar and Barrett, causing the former to leave the field to be patched up. However, it was in this period of numerical disparity that Argyle fashioned their best chance to that point. Joe Mason showed balance and poise to slalom through the Orient rearguard. His clipped effort beat Butcher, but slammed the inside of the O's stopper's right hand post.

Shortly afterwards, following a fierce Young corner Bolasie retrieved the ball, and after a series of one-twos, fired back into the danger area. How the low ball in evaded the onrushing Peterlin, his accompanying defender and Butcher is mystery that will remain unsolved.

Argyle were looking more dangerous than at any point of the match (or indeed, than any point in the last eight days) and Bolasie seemed to be involved in everything. A clever ball from the number nineteen's feet found Rory Patterson through on goal, but the ball wouldn't fall for him, and the enforced half-second delay gave two desperate defenders time to deflect the ball wide.

On sixty three minutes, Bolasie decided that feeding other players was a mugs game. Instead, he let rip with a shot which cut through the air around Butcher like a cleaver through some prize fillet steaks. Not for the first time this season, a Bolasie rocket had graced the Devonport end.

Argyle pressure continued. A deep Jim Paterson cross was headed into the side netting by Karl Duguid, who was probably trying to head it back across goal.

The side netting at the other end was struck when, in a very similar manner to the first half, Dean Cox found space in the channel. This time he managed to control the ball, but it ran wide and his goalbound prod found only the exterior of the netting.

After Peter Reid had shuffled his pack a little, replacing Rory Patterson with Kari Arnason, the familiar sight of a referee's red card forced another, unwanted, change.

A header from Curtis Nelson fell short of Larrieu, and with Alex Revell guaranteed to get to the ball first, Romain raced out to meet the substitute and make himself big. Unfortunately, at least in the view of the referee, the French custodian used an arm to stop the ball's progress, some five yards from the edge of his 18-yard line.

Mr Whitestone, who was well positioned, had little hesitation in making Larrieu the thirteenth and latest Pilgrim to be sent off in this torturous season.

David Button replaced the unlucky Luke Young to take Larrieu's place, but his first action was to pick the ball out of the net. Revell stepped up to strike the free-kick, and he won't have struck many worse. However, unfortunately for the luckless Pilgrims, the ball struck the wall and deflected past the stricken Button.

From here, Orient took almost solitary control on the game. Button saved bravely at the feet of Dawson and Cox, before an Omozusi centre bypassed several prowling red shirts.

Stephane Zubar, conspicuous in a head bandage, was harshly adjudged to have brought down Cox inches outside the area. From the free kick, Daniels blasted into a wall.

Jim Paterson turned copycat shortly afterwards, striking a defensive wall, with the resultant cross looking like it could have struck the hand of Adam Chambers. But not in the opinion of the officials.

Daniels made another surge down his left channel with only minutes remaining, and Alex Revell stabbed him to complete a very lopsided 1-4 scoreline which hardly reflected matters to that point.

After the match, the Argyle staff joined the players in a lap of acknowledgment. Was this staff acknowledging players? The other way around? Supporters acknowledging staff and players? It matters not. For all to have endured this stormy season and come out stronger and more united is incredible.

In some ways a forgettable season. In others one which is impossible to forget.

It's been said once, and it deserves to be said again - RESURGAM.

Argyle (4-2-3-1): 1 Romain Larrieu; 2 Karl Duguid, 29 Jim Paterson, 35 Curtis Nelson, 36 Stephane Zubar; 16 Joe Mason, 21 Anton Peterlin, 4 Carl Fletcher (capt), 34 Luke Young (31 David Button, 77); 8 Rory Patterson (11 Kari Arnason, 72), 19 Yala Bolasie. Substitutes (not used): 3 Bondz N'Gala, 20 Luke Summerfield, Ollie Chenoweth (gk)

Booked: Fletcher 71, Zubar 90.

Sent Off: Larrieu 75.

Leyton Orient (4-3-3): 12 Lee Butcher; 2 Elliott Omazuzi, 30 Adam Barrett, 6 Terrell Forbes, 13 Charlie Daniels; 25 Tom Carroll (10 Adam Chambers, 80), 16 Matthew Spring (4 Ben Chorley, 68), 8 Stephen Dawson (capt); 7 Dean Cox, 9 Scott McGleish (11 Alex Revell, 68), 27 Paul-Jose M'Pokli. Substitutes (not used): 3 Andrew Whing, 17 Jason Crowe, 18 Jonathan Tehoue, 29 Harry Kane.

Booked: Dawson 71, Barrett 86.

Attendance: 11, 501 (395 away).

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