Unlucky Argyle Show Improvements
Plymouth Argyle ended October with an unfortunate defeat in the EFL Championship, which prevented the Vertu Motors-backed team from securing back-to-back victories.
Argyle had gone in to the international break on a three-game winless run and returned to action with a goalless draw at West Brom – giving the Pilgrims a first clean sheet since early September.
A first win in five games then followed at Home Park thanks to a hugely impressive 3-0 success againstSheffield Wednesday.
On his first start since joining from Belgian side Anderlecht, Mustapha Bundu smashed in a fine free-kick shortly before half-time to give the home side the lead, before Morgan Whittaker then doubled the advantage a minute later to put Argyle in total control.
Victory was assured in the second half when Ryan Hardie stroked home the third goal to lift his side further clear of the bottom three.
A controversial defeat to Ipswich Town rounded out the month, despite Argyle hitting the front in the first half when Whittaker curled in the opener.
They could well have gone two clear had Bundu not been taken down by a defender when clean through on goal – a decision that angered boss Steven Schumacher when no foul was awarded – but instead saw Bali Mumba equalise for the home team before George Hirst and Marcus Harness extending Ipswich’s lead out to 3-1.
Despite being forced down to ten men when Bundu had to go off injured with no further changes available, Joe Edwards made it 3-2 in stoppage time, with Ben Waine then going close to an equaliser.
The result leaves Argyle sitting 19th in the table heading into November, six points clear of the bottom three and only eight away from the playoff places.