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We didn't deserve that!

It's now 3 defeats in a row and all 4 league defeats have come against teams playing in red.

Both of Wigan's goals came from mistakes made by us.
For the first we lost the ball outside of the Wigan penalty, Wilson then missed a tackle and Cooper should have done better by putting the ball out for a corner.
For the winning goal Agard lost possession and Wigan broke away and punished what is now becoming a fragile Argyle defence.

Danny Mayor's goal was superb, a great finish into the top corner, sadly it was our only shot on target.

The confident swagger we had a few weeks ago has disappeared.

It was a credit to both teams that they produced a good game of football in the swirling wind and it helped that Wigan didn't arrive at HP to spoil and time waste.

Jephcott had an awful time and was unusually subbed just before half time.
To be fair he's been tasked to come short and link the play but Jephcott comes alive around the penalty spot. His goal scoring success was inside the box not collecting passes from Scarr in the centre circle.
He's gone from goal poacher to link striker and it's not working.

The game was marred near the end by fighting between Argyle fans (kids) and Wigan fans, a blue flare was thrown onto the pitch - so much for the security checks that cause so much chaos at the turnstiles before games.

Lowe kept the same team that started against Wycombe but with Gillesphey coming in for the injured Galloway.

We started well and a lucky rebound sent Jephcott away and with only the keeper to beat he shot well wide. What a miss and Jephcott's head went down after that.

Grant and Camara both had shots blocked before Camara lost possession which led to a missed tackle by Wilson, Wigan raced away and it seemed Cooper had smothered the shot but the ball squirmed away and Keane slotted onto an empty net.
A terrible goal to concede from our point of view.

We looked a bit nervy after that, a totally different team from a few weeks ago typified when Camara had a chance for a clear shot on goal but opted to pass to Grant.

Just before half time Jephcott was subbed and almost immediately we scored with his replacement Garrick playing a part in the goal.
Mayor's finish was fantastic and put us level at half time.

We were much better at the start of the second half and played on the front foot, probing on the left with Mayor and strong running on the right with Camara.

For all our possession and attacking play we couldn't create a clear cut chance or force the keeper into a save.

When Wigan did break forward we looked so fragile in defence and looked capable of conceding.

Mayor was surprisingly subbed, he was our best chance of a goal, however Broom was just as good and we still posed a threat on the left.

We survived a goal mouth scramble followed by a clearance off the line. Our goal was leading a charmed life.

Cooper also made a great save from a rasping shot.

Agard replaced Hardie and in the 90th minute he lost possession, Wigan raced away and Lang slotted past Cooper for a killer winning goal and another goal conceded down our left defensive corridor.

It really was a sickening blow, although it had been coming.
A draw would have been a fair result and the likes of Mayor and Camara didn't deserve to be on the losing side.

Houghton was tightly marked again, opposition teams have worked out that by stopping Houghton we will struggle.

Jephcott was poor, the early miss affected him.

Hardie wasn't in the game too often, he did chase a lot of long balls.

That will probably be Agard's last game for us. He just wasn't game ready which not surprising given his lack of game time.

The defence has gone to pieces, Scarr can't find a pass and Gillesphey is prone to making a mistake. Wilson was again the best of the back three.

Garrick rejuvenated the team and immediately had an impact.

Camara and Mayor were easily our best players.

It's now two tough away games or three if you include the FA Cup.

We are still in a good position but it does look like the January transfer window will be a crucial time and a chance to sign some reinforcements.
If we finish the season outside of the play-offs it will seem like a huge opportunity wasted.

Man of the Match - Camara.

Cooper 6, Wilson 7, Scarr 6, Gillesphey 5, Houghton 6, Edwards 7, Camara 8, Mayor 8, Grant 6, Hardie 5, Jephcott 4. Subs - Garrick 7, Broom 7, Agard 4.

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All hinged on one substitution.
Crowd chuffed because the Peterborough hero came on. Fact is the MoM from the last two games was the only one taking it into the box and creating danger in the Wigan box.
 
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Agard looked awful, he looks like one of those ageing ex pros playing local football. At his peak he was quick and lethal, that I am afraid is long gone. Today he cost us the game.
 
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Still in a better position than we would have expected at the beginning of the season but worrying common factors in the 3 defeats:
- movements not flowing as earlier
- defensive lapses
- goalkeeping errors
- lack of penetration in the final third
- poor finishing

We need to put those right to start winning again
 

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You deserve what you get. We do not have a strong 'hold up' CF who can turn and finish. Both Wycombe and Wigan had one at least....off the pitch not helped by the manager using the 'punching above our weight analogy' ...we lose one and the players think, 'well we are doing better than we should.....' fact: we have now lost 3 in a row......
 
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For the first time this season our defence has let us down. That was the only difference in the last two games. Both games were going to be tight, both opposition sides are hard to beat and don't lose by much.

Playing against these top sides is a bridge too far for Scarr I feel. He's really been exposed, but a credit to him for the standards he has set up until then. He's not at the same level as Whatmough though for example. Gillesphey is no match for Galloway defensively. Wilson hasn't been great either.

I think otherwise we competed reasonably well elsewherem Most important thing was not to lose however and in the last two games we crumbled at the back, when Wycombe & Wigan were not going to surrender.
 
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You deserve what you get. We do not have a strong 'hold up' CF who can turn and finish.
Ennis?
the manager using the 'punching above our weight analogy' ...we lose one and the players think, 'well we are doing better than we should.....' fact: we have now lost 3 in a row......
So we've lost 3 in a row because the manager told the truth about our budget and our league position?
 
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For the first time this season our defence has let us down. That was the only difference in the last two games. Both games were going to be tight, both opposition sides are hard to beat and don't lose by much.

Playing against these top sides is a bridge too far for Scarr I feel. He's really been exposed, but a credit to him for the standards he has set up until then. He's not at the same level as Whatmough though for example. Gillesphey is no match for Galloway defensively. Wilson hasn't been great either.

I think otherwise we competed reasonably well elsewherem Most important thing was not to lose however and in the last two games we crumbled at the back, when Wycombe & Wigan were not going to surrender.
Nothing to do with taking off the only threat to their defence then. Obviously Scarr's fault that Broom lofted 3 crosses straight into the keeper's gloves so they could attack immediately. Obviously Scarr's fault Camara looks unlikely to score a goal at home this season 🤣😂😂
 
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Tricky conditions and a nervy game. Can’t recall their keeper making a save. Powder puff up front and now shaky at the back.
Soft, soft goals again and Cooper looks like he is having a crisis of confidence and the defence are arguing amongst themselves. Never a good sign.
Mayor easily MoM - and nice to see an end product from him at last.
Wigan not as good as Wycombe and they played a very similar way to them- going man for man on our midfield 3.
Think it’s fair to say we have been found out and we need a bit of a shake up to get us back on track.
Our squad not looking that strong anymore.
Mid table mediocrity awaits.
 
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Agard has served his purpose but needs to be shown the door after that pathetic attempt to shield the ball on the halfway line.