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Fair Enough

3 October 2012

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THE final two minutes of injury-time at Wycombe, where Argyle claimed another point from a 1-1 draw, was a neat microcosm of the 93 minutes which preceded it.

Either side could have won the match; neither did; and, in the final analysis, that was probably fair enough.

First, Argyle goalkeeper Jake Cole pulled off a world class save to deny Joel Grant; then, almost immediately afterwards, Conor Hourihane’s long-range drive clattered back off the crossbar and bounced back just to high for Nick Chadwick to head home the rebound.

“It was great save from Coley,” said Argyle manager Carl Fletchers, “a real strong arm to get it over the bar.

“Then a super strike from Conor - we were right behind it and it could have gone in - then it was a bit too high for Chads, following in.

Argyle conceded a 12th-minute goal to Matt McClure, and levelled when Guy Madjo headed home Alex MacDonald’s cross five minutes after half-time in a match that ebbed and flowed.

“We could have had three points, but we could have had none, as well,” said Fletch. “It must have been a great game to watch.

“We’ll probably look back during the week and be pleased that we got a point. I was a bit disappointed, performance-wise. We could have been a bit better.

“We knew it was going to be tough. Wycombe have just changed their manager. It was his first home game; the players were up for it; the crowd was up for it.

“We felt we were a little bit off it, in the first half, in terms of possession, although it settled down a little bit.

“In the second half, we got a little bit better but I felt our decision-making on the ball was not where it could be.

“It was disappointing to concede but, once we did concede, I was happy with the way we responded.

“We settled down a little bit and passed the ball around a little bit, which was nice, and created some chances when we could have scored.

“I was pleased with the goal in the second half. It was what we talked about at half-time – to get the ball wide and let Macca create something.

“It was a great ball in and a good head-stroke-shoulder from Guy to get it in the corner.

“I’m pleased for him because he’s come in and settled in well and worked hard for it.

“He was up against two massive centre-halves and was getting kicked about and elbows in his head, and all that type of thing.

“Alex can play anywhere, really. The pleasing thing for us was he was creating when he was on the ball.

“Then we scored the goal and we never gave him the ball again. That was disappointing.”

“It was one of those games. We could have won it, but we could have lost it, as well.

“It’s one defeat in seven, and we’ll try to push on and look forward to playing Wimbledon on Saturday.

“It’s very hard to start winning every game. You have got to build momentum. We’re getting that now.

“These points away from home, good performances when we get a point, are only made better if we can secure three points over the next couple.”

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