22nd August 2012
ARGYLE manager Carl Fletcher pulled no punches after seeing his side register their first npower League 2 point of the season from an against-the-ropes 0-0 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge.“It was an off night for us, tonight,” said Fletch. “We got away, nicked a point.
“Sometimes these things happen in football.
“You just have to wipe your mouth with it, take what you’ve got – a point at Dagenham is never easy – and make sure we move on.”
Asked about positives he could to take from the game following the opening-day 2-0 home defeat by Aldershot, Fletch said: “We got a clean sheet, a point away from home.
“We played ten times better on Saturday than we did tonight but didn’t get anything from that game. We were a lot worse tonight and got a point from it.
“A lot of credit has got to go to Dagenham; the way they played put us under a lot of pressure.
“The lads kept going, working hard, and putting a shift in for the team. Things didn’t come off for us but, like I say, sometimes you get that and you have to knuckle down, see the game out, and get what you can out of it, like we did.”
Fletch also took some satisfaction from the form of goalkeeper Jake Cole, who made several superb saves, including a real heartbreaker to deny Dwight Gayle early on.
“Jake did really great – the one in the first half was a real good save – but I felt he could have held a couple,” Fletch joked.
“It’s a squad game and everyone on that pitch is vital. That includes the man at the back. I’m pleased for him because he’s worked really hard in pre-season.”
The Pilgrims nearly stole all three points in the final minute of injury-time, when Paul Wotton fired a free-kick through Dagenham’s defensive wall.
Fletch said: “He hit it well, just straight at the keeper.
“I really thought we were going to nick it, the way we got away with it beforehand, but it wasn’t to be.”