Argyle Ladies PicCOMING into the game on the back of a fine away win at Queens Park Rangers, Argyle Ladies appeared in confident mood but what followed was, without doubt, their worst display of the season to date as they ended up a well-beaten side for the third consecutive home game.

Things didn’t appear too bad in the early exchanges but Argyle were failing to get their passing game together and fell behind in the eighth minute when both Lucy Olde and Natalie Volpini were drawn to the near post, which left Coventry’s Danielle Selmes free inside the six-yard box to score with ease.

Argyle were defending resolutely and should have equalised on 20 minutes, when Mollie Taylor seized upon a defensive slip but saw her goal-bound effort cleared off the line.

Coventry increased their lead on the half-hour, as Volpini misjudged a through ball to Selmes and the Coventry striker outpace Olde before coolly slotting the ball past Michaela Phillips for her second goal of the afternoon.

From only their second meaningful attack of the first half, Argyle’s Ezme Wells was unlucky not to score on the stroke of half-time when she was sent racing clear by Phoebe Baker, but saw her rasping drive tipped on to the crossbar by Susan Wood in the Coventry goal.

In truth, Argyle’s passing had been pretty awful in the first half and they had only fashioned two clear chances, but at 0-2, they felt they were still in the game.

However, within three minutes of the restart 0-2 became 0-3, as the Argyle defence once again switched off, allowing Helen Dermody to ghost in at the far post for a close-range finish.

Coventry’s Marie Gauntlett smashed home the visitors fourth goal in the 58th minute from an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick and Argyle’s miserable afternoon was complete when, in the 83rd minute, Kayley Lane was red carded after her frustration got the better of her and she was involved in a scuffle with Coventry’s Jade Brook.

At the final whistle, Argyle manager Kevin Taylor was left bemused as to how his side could play so well the previous week and so poorly against Coventry.

He said: “We may have had some difficult games at home recently, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that today we couldn’t string together more than three passes, and once again made some sloppy errors which were punished accordingly.

“It seems, at present, we are far more comfortable playing away from home which is something we’ll have to address, but with Tottenham away next week in the League Cup, it’ll be a chance for us to put our indifferent League form to one side and we’ll go there looking to spring an upset.”

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