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Solid Start

Pilgrims Record Second Straight Win

10 August 2019

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ARGYLE manager Ryan Lowe has given his happy assessment of the first home game of the Sky Bet League Two season, a 1-0 victory over Colchester United.

In Lowe’s first taste of competitive football at Home Park, the gaffer was hugely impressed by the support of the Green Army, as a goal from Antoni Sarcevic proved enough to secure three points.

“It was excellent – I keep saying, we know the fan base, we know the football club, we know what it is,” said Ryan. “The fans are getting behind us and sticking with us like they have done, and we know they will, it’s massive.

“When you come out and see the fans, all singing – you get goose bumps, it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but I knew that and that’s why I’m here.”

After starting the campaign with a 3-0 triumph at Crewe, it was another clean sheet for Argyle – something that made the attack-minded coach even more content.

“The defence was solid,” he said. “You see Scotty [Wootton], Gaz [Sawyer] and Niall [Canavan] are forming their little relationship and when you’ve got a ‘keeper like Alex Palmer who just comes and collects balls from the sky, it always helps.

“The wing-backs did their defensive duties perfect and Joe Edwards mopping up. It’s always nice to keep clean sheets, especially for the lads who are on clean sheet bonuses,” Lowe jokingly pointed out.

“I’m praising the defenders, but we start from the front, first half before Joel [Grant] went off [injured], I thought he and Byron [Moore] were working solidly and tirelessly hard up front. Defensively, out of possession we were fine; attacking play, we’re nearly there.

“We’re two weeks into the season, we will keep building and keep working – my standards are high, I’ll always want more.”

The first goal of Lowe’s tutelage at the Theatre of Greens came from Sarcevic and Lowe believes the midfielder’s low strike was no fluke. “I wanna take a bit of credit – I told Sarce to get the ball and shoot,” he said. “I told him I want goals from my two outside midfielders.”

The Greens were made to work hard to grind out the result, as Colchester looked very dangerous coming forward. Similar to last Saturday’s fixture, when Argyle did well to keep Crewe at bay. Lowe added: “The performances have been okay, they will get better.

“Two wins and two clean sheets – I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

“As long as the season goes on, we’re not going to get carried away. There are some parts we need to work on, but we are getting in the right areas and creating chances, which is always good.

“The season is not won in August, it’s not won in September or January. We’ll see where we are come the end of the season.”


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