Date:Monday August 29 2011
Shaun Miller's strike just three minutes from half time at Home Park ensured we wouldn't be taking our pointless tag into the second month of the season.
The win sent Plymouth to the foot of the table whilst we were lifted to the dizzy heights of 22nd, still looking like part of a trio - alongside Plymouth and Hereford - who will be doing well to see a league position in its teens this season.
The game itself added weight to that fear, one typical of two struggling sides with only a single goal deciding the 'best of a bad bunch'.
For some, a poor performance that sees a win is arguably the worst result for the Alex at the moment. It allows Dario to insist things are not that bad whilst also seemingly withdraw the club from the transfer market.
Post-match DG told the media that trialist Richard Hinds would only be offered a 'non-contract deal' if he was still available once the transfer window shuts this Wednesday, which looks unlikely with interest from L2 rivals Crawley Town.
Dario has also taken the chance to think again about loaning a new defender or two from higher up the leagues. Performances from the likes of Dave Artell, Adam Dugdale and Carl Martin against a team who have only scored two this season to date has given Dario hope that all is not lost for his own defenders.
Few fans would agree with that outlook and the old cliche 'papering over the cracks' has been mentioned more than once over the weekend. There is little doubt there is a huge amount still to improve on and there are still no real signs we will be pulling any further away from the trap door any time soon.
September should provide a little respite from an extremely tough opening month, once we get Tuesday's absolutely pointless trip to Bury out of the way.
A very tough home game to a very strong Oxford opens the month but the three that follow, Barnet (H), Burton (A) and Accrington (A) should provide a chance to start getting regular points on the board. The month ends at home to Port Vale but that is one game I'm not particularly looking forward to.
Date:Monday August 29 2011
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Total focus following speculation (Friday December 6 2013)
Challenge for remaining trio (Thursday December 5 2013)
Striker disappointed to miss out (Thursday December 5 2013)
Duo show improvement (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Spirit returns after 'greatest' win (Tuesday December 3 2013)
Break a benefit (Tuesday December 3 2013)
Davis shocked at decision (Tuesday December 3 2013)
Keeper blow for Alex (Tuesday December 3 2013)
Thumbs up for debutants (Monday December 2 2013)
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