FOR much of the game on Tuesday night, when Argyle met Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, it felt like the story would be Argyle’s heroic defending.
Playing a very strong Wigan side, it looked like Argyle would hold for a creditable 0-0 draw, before a late Nick Powell penalty broke Pilgrim hearts.
None more so than Yann Songo’o. The heart-on-the-sleeve defender was terrific against the Latics, and did not deserve to be on the losing side.
“It could be one of my best games for Argyle,” said Yann. “Everything was working for me. I’m happy with the whole team; we defended as a team, all together, and we need to carry on.
“It was really disappointing because we worked really hard. We had a game plan and we stuck to it, it was unfortunate that we lost it with a pen but we take positive things from it.”
Behind Yann was goalkeeper Kyle Letheren making his debut, and making several vital saves to keep Argyle in the game. He could do little about the penalty, but did plenty else to settle an Argyle defence not used to taking to the field without Luke McCormick behind them.
“Kyle is a keeper with lots of experience,” said Yan. “He has been with us for a couple of weeks, so we know him well, and what he likes to do. It was a great performance from him, he gave us a lot of security at the back. We are used to playing games with Luke, but Kyle stepped up and did really well.”
Argyle sit bottom of the Sky Bet League One table, but Songo’o and his team-mates, led by manager Derek Adams, do not seem deflated or downhearted. In fact, such was the level of work-rate and commitment on show at Wigan, it soon dispelled and notion or conjecture that the Home Park dressing was anything other than a unified force.
Yann still has every faith in the manager that brought him to Plymouth, having also been his boss at Ross County.
“He’s still the same manager.,” Yann said. “He’s doing a really good job. The results are not helping at the minute but the results will come. We need to stick to what we are good at. We will get to where we want to be.
“We have a good squad; all the players are really talented. We need a little bit of time, a little bit of patience, It is still early doors in the season. We just need two wins on the bounce, and it will get us in the right direction.
“Sendings off haven’t helped us. We have to ready for any situation. It would nice to have the whole squad back, then we could be a bit stronger.
“The lads look confident, and hopefully we can get the win on Saturday. The good thing here is that we all stick together. We know the quality we have in the dressing room and we believe in ourselves. We train hard, we give 100%.”