IT has been the unfortunate story of Argyle’s campaign so far and another unforced error handed victory to Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One on Boxing Day.
After a sensational opener from David Fox, the Pilgrims were pegged back by a cracking effort from Wimbledon’s Anthony Wordsworth to leave this battle between the bottom two very much in the balance.
Argyle were beginning to exert a measure of control as the game entered the last quarter but a strange miscalculation from Yann Songo’o, who had otherwise been excellent on the day, gifted Mitch Pinnock the winning goal for the home side.
“We started the game very well and an unbelievable goal to get us up and running,” said Argyle manager Derek Adams. “It was a terrific strike and set us off on the right foot.
“Obviously, their strike as well was a very good one, not as good as David Fox’s, but a very good strike. Then, we gave away a goal at the end and we were on top of the game at that moment in time, pushing for the goal.
“Yann Songo’o makes a huge error and they score the goal. We were solid, five at the back, sometimes three. We dealt with the aerial threat we knew would come in from Wimbledon and stopped them in the middle of the park.
“We tried to give them trouble at times and did that in the second half. It was hugely [disappointing] and has been the story of the season. At the vital times, when we’ve been in very good positions, we’ve allowed the opposition to get a goal back.
“The errors that we’ve made have been hugely critical and we’ve not been able to pick up points. The players will have to stop making errors. We were under no pressure, the ball was played out of the area, Yann had time and chose the wrong option.
“It’s a huge error that has cost a point and might have cost us three points. We thought we had scored right at the death but the error always sets you back, and you get a sucker-punch.
“We obviously don’t want to be there [at the bottom] but I don’t think today’s victory for Wimbledon was fair on us. We coped well with the threat they had at home and should have taken something from the game.
“We have to stop making the errors we’re making. There are not a lot of teams playing through us but we can’t afford to make the basic errors. I’ve said it all season and, if you look at the goals we have conceded, some of them have been horrendous.”