Early Impressions

NEW Argyle signing Jordan Houghton has not been a Pilgrim for long, but he already knows his new team-mates well enough to believe that they underperformed at Accrington Stanley.

The 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder, who has joined Argyle on loan until the end of the season, played the whole of a match in which the Pilgrims saw a 1-0 lead turned on its head in the final five minutes as the home side claimed a 2-1 Sky Bet League 2 victory.

Jordan had been at Home Park only since the Wednesday before, but he has been impressed with what he has seen.

“I’m obviously disappointed with the result today on my debut and disappointed with the performance, as well,” he said. “Playing with the players for only a couple of days in training, I know we can do a lot better than that.

“Players have been really good, popping the ball about; good technical players. I think it’s a one-off. Hopefully, we can turn it round and go on a good run until the end of the season.

“We didn’t really put on any kind of performance; we didn’t pass the ball about. [Accrington] deserved it in the end. It’s very frustrating, how the goals came about – we didn’t hang on in the last little bit of the game.

“No-one wants to lose. It’s a dent to your pride; it’s disappointing; but there’s always another game.

“It was tough game to come straight into; it was a bit of a battle. Like I say, we didn’t really control the ball throughout the whole game, which was disappointing. So, it was a bit of a battle, having to do the dirty side of the game – lots of running, lots of trying to put my foot in. 

“We couldn’t really get the ball down and play, which is where some of my quality would hopefully have come into play. Hopefully, next week, we can get the ball on the ground and play like we can.”

The result left Argyle in the third and final of the division’s automatic promotion slots with ten games of the season to play. Jordan is looking forward to playing his part in the run-in, and giving the Green Army something to celebrate, starting with the visit of Luton to Home Park.

“There’s a long way to go,” he said. “People are going to drop points still and we have got confidence in our ability in the squad that we can go up.

“I’m disappointed for the fans, who have come so far – and there were a lot of them who came. Hopefully we can work hard in training next week and turn it around in the next game.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest. I thought there’d be a handful and his dog. Thanks a lot to everyone who came – unfortunately, we couldn’t put on a good performance and get the three points. Like I said, we have got to turn it round.”