Pilgrims progress shocks Saints

Southampton 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

Never back a favourite, as Plymouth showed yesterday. Having been run ragged in the first half by the team fancied to go up, the Pilgrims took advantage of a slip in concentration for Luke Summerfield to sneak in and score the winner.

It was probably more than Peter Reid deserved in his first League game in charge of Plymouth, because in the 46 minutes prior to the goal they had shown little enterprise and gave Southampton too much respect.

In fact it was only Dean Hammond's lack of accuracy with his headers that prevented Southampton from going at least two goals to the good before the break.

In a League that has seen Norwich and Leeds fly the coop, Southampton are now the team to beat. Last year's squad, which was hampered by a 10-point deduction but still finished just seven points outside the play-offs, has been bolstered by the arrival of Danny Butterfield and Frazer Richardson.

Plymouth by contrast were forced to sell the midfielder Damien Johnson to Huddersfield on Friday. Surely, then, Reid's motivational methods count for something.

Summerfield said: "It wasn't good enough in the first half and the gaffer let us know about it. But we came out raring to go and we managed to get the three points, which is massive for us."

Reid added: "For 45 minutes Southampton were decidedly the better team. But we had a chat at half-time and we got back to basics. In the second half they did particularly well. Even though we didn't play well in the first half we were dogged."

After Rory Fallon and Steven MacLean had combined to set up Summerfield for his first goal in over a year, Anton Peter-lin went close to doubling the visitors' lead.

The Southampton substitute Adam Lallana was then kept out by a superb one-handed David Button save and Jason Puncheon squandered two late chances for the home side.

Southampton's manager, Alan Pardew, said: "We probably got beaten because of the start of the second half. They'd had a rally-up and it cost us a goal. But it is only the first game."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border