KYLE Letheren’s long wait for his Argyle debut was, in so many ways, worth the wait.
The Welsh goalkeeper was a key part of the Pilgrims’ resolute and determined display at Sky Bet League One Wigan that came within eight minutes of achieving what would have been a deserved point against hosts looking to bounce back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
However, a late Nick Powell penalty, following a push on Michael Jacobs by Jakub Sokolik, gave Wigan a 1-0 lead that Argyle could not claw back, although they did hit the opposition crossbar from a Graham Carey free-kick in injury-time.
“I thought the lads fought tremendously,” said Kyle, who was called into the team after Argyle’s regular first-choice goalkeeper Luke McCormick was ruled out with an ankle injury.
“Each man was a different class and I thought we were there in the end. We were unlucky with Graham’s free-kick hitting the bar, as well. On another day, that goes in off the underside of the bar and it’s a good result, but things aren’t quite dropping for us at the minute.
“There were loads of positives. I thought we contained them really well – I’ve had to make a few saves but I knew that, coming into the game.”
The manner of the defeat after a more than encouraging performance was somehow symptomatic of the Pilgrims’ injury-ravaged, suspension-hit season which has seen them glean just five points from their opening ten games.
That run sees Argyle prop up the League One table, but Kyle is in no doubt that they can turn their fortunes around.
“We have just got to all stick together,” he said. “It’s tough times, but we have got a great bunch of boys, from what I’ve seen, and I ‘m sure we will come through the other side and make us stronger for the rest of the season. We are all positive we can.”
Kyle made several fine saves, with the pick being a low tip round the post from Will Grigg’s curled shot late in the first half.
“It was an important time of the game,” said Kyle. “He’s come in and taken it early; I’ve managed to get a big paw down to it and keep it out.
“I’m pleased with the way it went. Obviously, you can brush up on a few things. Nobody’s perfect.
“It was nice to get back out there. I’ve missed it dearly. Hopefully now I can stay in the team.”