ARGYLE and Luton Town may have taken a point apiece in their clash at Kenilworth Road, but Craig Tanner believes the 1-1 draws holds much more value to his team than the Hatters.
After reaching February without drawing a game away from home in Sky Bet League Two, the Greens recorded their second consecutive 1-1 draw. As with last week’s stalemate against Hartlepool United, the Greens had to come behind, as Danny Hylton gave an attack-minded Luton side the lead, finishing off a counter attack in the eighth minute.
“They came out the traps very quickly today,” said Craig.“They threw everything at it and went a bit kamikaze, because they know they needed to catch up with us.
“You see it week in, week out throughout the leagues: people do hit you on the counter and you get runners. Sometimes you get the luck of a break or the bounce of the ball; that’s all part and parcel of football. Maybe we’ll have to through that on the analysis and see what we could do differently.”
Closing Argyle down and putting in some full-blooded challenges, Luton were not leaving anything to chance at Kenilworth Road, but the Greens settled, pressurised and equalised after 25 minutes. Fantastic hold-up play from Ryan Taylor allowed Graham Carey to break through, cross from the left flank and find a sliding Tanner, who made a clever run to the near post to prod home the leveller.
“Tayls has done really well. G’s done a great little run,” said Tanner. “Tayls has squeezed the ball through and I was the only one in the box, so I had to get across the front post. It’s a great ball from G and I didn’t have to do much with the finish.
“If you are out on the right, you’re not going to score from outside the box; it’s something I needed to work on. I’ve been working on it with Brew and Wottsy, and luckily it’s paid off."
The second half became more about defending and keeping shape, with some heroic work from the likes of Oscar Threlkeld keeping the direct and aggressive hosts from finding a winner. Tanner and his comrades stood firm, though, and as the remaining games tick down and the run-in grows ever closer, Argyle have navigated another tricky away trip and kept one of the chasing pack at bay.
“We’ve dug in well,” said Craig.“I think we probably had the better chances in the first half, then we’ve managed to get a goal and see it out.
“It’s a credit to our back four, plus Luke [McCormick]. I thought we were in control. Ozzie’s made a vital header at the end and some great blocks. Raz [Ryan Donaldson] came on and stopped some crosses. He’s been doing that all season. That’s probably one of his strengths: getting round on the cover. He’s done it numerous times; I think it goes a bit unnoticed at times.
“I think you’ve got to come here and take your away points. They haven’t gained anything on us, so it’s probably a better point for us than it is for them.”