THE Greens left it late to salvage a 2-2 draw against newly-promoted Salford City on a frustrating night, but Argyle manager Ryan Lowe was pleased with the point.
Salford opened the scoring in the first half through a Jake Beesley header, but Argyle didn’t trail for long as Danny Mayor produced a curling strike from right out of the top drawer to make it 1-1 just before half-time.
Ibou Touray put Salford back in the lead with just over ten minutes to go. Argyle were pushing and pushing but couldn’t seem to find an answer until Callum McFadzean was brought down inside the Salford box. Dom Telford took on the responsibility of the 89th minute spot-kick and managed to find the net via, firstly Chris Neal’s fingertips, then off the inside of the post.
“I would have been gutted if we hadn’t have gotten a point, let me tell you, because of the work we’ve put in of late and what the lads have done here – but I’m pleased, if you can’t win it, you certainly don’t lose it,” said Ryan.
“You have to give Salford credit, they’re putting bodies on the line for their manager and the football club and rightly so, that’s what they should be doing – I expect the same from my lads.
“Fair play, they’ve come here with a game plan, they’ve dug deep and got bodies behind the ball.”
Despite finding themselves trailing right up until the dying embers of the game, alongside having most of the ball, the Greens also had the lion’s share of the attacking play, amassing a total of 27 attempts on goal – of which 10 were blocked and only five troubled the Ammies’ keeper.
“We need to hit the target more,” Lowe frankly said, “but that was more like us and our attacking style of moving the ball quicker – one and two touch, and I think we just need to score when we’re on top, especially in the first half.
“The possession stats will always be in our favour predominantly, especially at home, but you’ve got to make that count. I just felt we were ruthless once we got until that last little bit. Then we were, not sloppy as such, but not clinical.”