OLLY Lee revelled in his first competitive game of the season and felt injury-hit Argyle were unlucky not to get something from their endeavours.The 23-year-old midfielder made his debut in the Pilgrims’ 1-0 home Sky Bet League 2 defeat by Luton, less than 24 hours after arriving on loan from Championship side Birmingham City.
It was his first first-team outing since March last year and was clearly happy to be back amid the mud and thunder.
“The first half, especially, I really enjoyed,” he said. “I seemed to get quite a bit of time on the ball, so I could try to get it into the front players and let them do their magic up there. In the second half, it became more of a scrappy game because we were trying desperately to get a goal.
“Luton are a strong side – you know what you are going to get from them and they are very effective – but I thought that, on the balance of play, we were a lot better.
“I thought we were really unlucky, letting one poor goal in and we couldn’t get another one back – the ball was going across the box; we had a goal disallowed; I thought we were the much better side but just couldn’t get that goal.”
The disallowed effort came moments before Andy Drury scored the game’s only goal after 22 minutes, Reuben Reid being punished for an infringement as he headed in Kelvin Mellor’s cross.
“Apparently it was for a push, but the lads were raging at half-time,” said Olly. “I think the referee might look back and think otherwise, but it’s one of those things – sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t – so we have just got to move on and, hopefully, next week, it will go for us.
“That’s football. If we were one up, I think we could have gone on and maybe won it by two or three, but they score and we couldn’t get ourselves back in the game. We huffed and we puffed, but it just wasn’t to be.”
With Argyle having named only four substitutes and losing two players to injury during the game, it was imperative Olly made it to the end of the match. He did, but not without some pain.
“In the last 15 minutes, it hit me quite hard,” he said, “but it’s just great to be out there; I loved every minute apart from the result. I loved being out there. The lads were brilliant to me; I can’t speak highly enough of all of them.
“I am looking forward to cracking on for this month and hopefully get us a few wins.”