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Plymouth Argyle left to rue missed chances in defeat at Norwich City

Relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle faced a 2-1 defeat against play-off chasing Norwich City at Carrow Road, despite holding a half-time lead. Morgan Whittaker scored his 20th goal of the season to put Argyle ahead in the 10th minute, but they were unable to capitalize on this lead. Norwich equalized in the 67th minute with Josh Sargent’s close-range finish and then went ahead through an own goal from Ashley Phillips. Despite chances from Ryan Hardie, Argyle could not find a way back into the game, dropping to 20th position in the Championship table.

The match against Norwich saw Argyle make three changes to the starting lineup, with Brendan Galloway, Matty Sorinola, and Alfie Devine coming into the team. Norwich, who had been defeated 6-2 by Argyle earlier in the season, were motivated going into the game. City’s lineup included former Argyle players Ben Gibson and Ashley Barnes. Despite a solid defensive effort from Argyle, Norwich’s attacking pressure resulted in the eventual defeat for the Pilgrims.

Argyle’s hard work and determination were evident throughout the match, with players like Whittaker and Hardie creating opportunities in the attacking third. However, defensive lapses and missed chances allowed Norwich to secure the win. Manager Ian Foster made several substitutions in an attempt to change the course of the game, but Norwich’s strong defense held firm. Despite a late push from Argyle, Norwich managed to maintain their lead until the final whistle, leaving the Pilgrims with a frustrating loss.

The defeat against Norwich highlighted Argyle’s struggles in the Championship, with the team now having lost seven of their last 10 games. With just two points separating them from the relegation zone, Argyle faces an uphill battle to secure their place in the division. Foster will need to address the team’s defensive vulnerabilities and improve their finishing if they are to avoid the drop. As the season progresses, Argyle will need to rally and fight for every point to ensure their survival in the Championship.

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