ARGYLE were in rampant mood against Walsall on Saturday, as two goals for Ryan Taylor came either side of an Antoni Sarcevic strike to secure a comfortable 3-0 win in Sky Bet League Two.
There was no happier man inside Home Park than Ryan Taylor after he opened the scoring inside the 13th minute, finishing neatly from a Callum McFadzean cross. It came more as a moment of relief, as it was Taylor’s first goal for The Pilgrims in 504 days - his previous came in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Peterborough United in the 2017-18 season.
Off the mark under new gaffer Ryan Lowe and for the season, Taylor only had to wait 75 minutes for his next goal. He capitalised on a Walsall defensive error to run through and thump home his second courtesy of a venomous half-volley.
Lowe was more than please pleased for his rangy number nine: “Tayls’ desire and attitude and real commitment to get that ball and score that second goal is pleasing,” he said.
“I’m buzzing for Tayls, rightly or wrongly he’s not scored as many goals as he’d like but he’s been magnificent, and I’ve said this since day one. I’m really pleased he’s got two goals.”
“We’re just happy with Tayls’ contribution and what he’s doing on and off the pitch, in training and in the games – I couldn’t be more happy for him to score two goals, he deserves it because of the work he’s put in.
“I was a striker myself when you go on a barren run of not scoring and you find yourself scoring goals. I’ve said to all my strikers, if you are in the right places and do what we ask you to do, the way we play football and the way we set out to play, you’re guaranteed to get chances.”
The Greens' other goal scorer, Antoni Sarcevic, was at the centre of proceedings, despite only being on the field for eight minutes. Introduced as a substitute in the 77th minute, replacing Conor Grant, Sarce scored within five minutes of being on the pitch.
However, three minutes later Sarce was harshly dismissed as he was shown a straight red for what looked to be a fair challenge. Ryan Lowe was wary of saying too much and potentially landing himself in a bit of trouble when he stated:
“I don’t want to get involved with the referee and stuff but we’ll address it, we’ve looked at it and we don’t feel it’s a red card, so we’ll look at it again and again and again, get some information on it, some advice and if we feel it’s worth appealing, we will.”