Goals Change Games

ARGYLE’s opening game of the season did not go quite according to plan.

Carl Fletcher’s Pilgrims lost 2-0 against a resolute Aldershot side who, for large parts of the game, were under severe pressure from the Pilgrims.

With Argyle dominating for so long, Fletch admits it was frustrating to see his side lose.

“Goals changed the game for us today,” he said.

“A couple of mistakes today have cost us.

“Overall, the lads worked hard, we had plenty of chances and most of the play but we just couldn’t get that break.

“It’s frustrating, but we’ll get over it and move onto Tuesday night.”

“Apart from the two goals, we were in control and didn’t have many problems at all but as we know goals change games and that’s what happened today.

“I think if we could have got one goal then we would have gone on to win it but it just wasn’t to be.

“Credit to Aldershot, though, they defended resolutely and kept their shape well.”

Both of Aldershot’s goals came from set-pieces: a free-kick conceded by Onismor Bhasera in the fourth minute, and a penalty conceded by a combination of Baz and Maxime Blanchard.

Set-pieces are always a tough way to concede, especially if they lose you the game, and Fletch was open about his disappointment in both goals.

He said: “I’m a bit annoyed really.

“In League 2, you can’t just give away free-kicks because it’s a good chance for them to get the ball in your box.

“But I was disappointed with the way it was conceded and the way we dealt with that, and also the penalty.”