ARGYLE drew for the first time this season, against Bristol Rovers in a 1-1 stalemate, and manager Derek Adams believes that two points were lost from the game, instead of one point gained.
The Greens took just one point from a competitive fixture for the first team since another 1-1 affair at Home Park, against AFC Wimbledon over five months ago. After finally breaking the deadlock on 85 minutes, thanks to Jake Jervis netting his sixth goal of the season from Gregg Wylde’s surging run and cross, Ellis Harrison converted a penalty that he won in stoppage time to even up an exciting second half.
“I thought it was a good game; I think it opened up in the second half,” said Adams. “We took control of the match and created a number of opportunities.
“Then in the last 15 minutes, it became end-to-end; Bristol had chances and we had chances. We could’ve taken more of the opportunities we had, and so could’ve they. It was a good game for the viewing public.
“They’ve come away from home and tried to push forward. When you go away from home, sometimes you take the extra risk, and they did that.
“Bristol Rovers are a good side; I watched them against Oxford and they should’ve won that game. They’re good going forward, take a lot of chances and often leave one-for-one at the back, with their full backs pushing forward. They’ll do well this season.”
With other high-flying Sky Bet League 2 sides also drawing, Argyle continue to occupy second place in the table, but spurned a chance to rise to the top of the pile. Whilst Adams is more than satisfied with the start his Pilgrims have made to the 2015-16 campaign, the boss knows that it could easily have been made even better.
“I think we’ve lost two points today,” said Derek. “We had the win in our grasp with four minutes to go. We could’ve won the game.
“That’s the nature of the business: when you’re ahead in the game, you have to manage it a wee bit better.
“It’s our first draw of the season, and we’ve obviously won five games, so we’re delighted with the start we’ve made.”