A STIRRING second-half fightback by Argyle came up just short as the Pilgrims suffered a second successive Sky Bet League 2 away defeat at Bury.Goals from Tom Soares, after five minutes, and Danny Rose, after 15, put Argyle well on the back foot. However, a second-half switch-round, which saw substitutes Ben Purrington, Lee Cox and Marvin Morgan join the fray, gave the Pilgrims an impetus they maintained until the end.
Reuben Reid netted his fourth goal of the season, from the penalty spot, and Argyle – who had another good shout for another penalty turned down – almost snatched a dramatic draw through Kelvin Mellor’s late shot, but Bury hung on for a 2-1 win.
Reuben said: “A lot of the lads were saying that, when we matched them up formation-wise, player for player, we have come out the better team. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the rub of the green with maybe a couple of decisions and [Bury]’ve ended up hanging on for 2-1.
“To be honest, I don’t think we’ve given a bad account of ourselves. I can tell you for sure that their players were panicking come the last half-hour of the game, and I think maybe a draw would have been a fair result, especially with Kelvin Mellor’s chance at the end.
“He came in afterwards and said he was just trying to hit it as hard as he could, and he’s not hit it cleanly, which is unfortunate. I told him: ‘Unlucky. Well tried. Next time, it will go in.’
“The two goals we conceded were very disappointing but I thought we were well in the game. We had little sniffs of chances, and sometimes it doesn’t go for you.
“It’s going to be doom and gloom with the result, obviously, but the players know we could have come away with at least a draw, if not the win.”