No Consolation

ARGYLE goalkeeper Remi Matthews took little pleasure in a scintillating man-of-the-match performance against Northampton Town as Argyle’s hunt for a play-off place was interrupted at Sixfields.

Remi was in outstanding form, making a handful of quality saves, but was powerless to keep out John-Joe O’Toole’s 43rd-minute shot or Sonny Bradley’s second-half own goal.

He said: “The main thing for us is to win games. It was nice to make a few saves but it would have been a much, much better feeling if we had won the game so, overall, I’m disappointed.

“Sometimes you come into a game and have not much to do, which has happened a few times this season. Obviously today, I was called upon more than I would have liked.”

O’Toole’s deadlock-breaker came immediately after on-loan Norwich City goalkeeper Remi had denied Sam Hoskins.

“That was the most disappointing thing for me,” he said. “When you make a good save, to then get punished ten seconds later. It would have been nice to save that one as well.”

The game was effectively settled – and Remi beaten for a second time – when Sonny turned a dangerous cross from Daniel Powell into his own net.

“Whoever got the second goal, it would have changed the game,” said Remi. ”I think, if we’d got the second goal, we could have potentially gone on and won it but they ended up getting the second goal and it sort of killed us off.

“If I’m honest, as much as I don’t want to say it, it looked as though we probably threw the towel in, which we haven’t done this season.”

Remi was back between the posts for Argyle after missing two games after the premature arrival of his daughter, Gracie Mae, with both mother and child suffering complications following the birth.

He said: “It’s been a tough few weeks for me and my family, but you have got to stay positive. They are both better now.

“It was hard to leave my family back home, but I’m here to play football but this is my job so that meant me coming back and finishing it off, and that’s what I want to do.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute here and we can only keep hoping that we can get in the play-off spot.”