IT might have only been a pre-season friendly, but Argyle manager Ryan Lowe is already delighted with the welcome he received during his first outing at Home Park.
“Very good. It was lovely, even coming out. Rick [Cowdery, Head of Communications] had said that they were going to announce me, I was a bit embarrassed,” said Ryan. “I don’t want it to be about me. I’ve come to this fantastic football club to achieve great things, but without my players, we can’t do that.
“I don’t like it to be just about me, but the response, the atmosphere and everything else that went with it for my first game at Home Park was excellent.”
Over 5,000 fans flocked to watch Argyle’s narrow defeat to Sky Bet League One outfit Bristol Rovers, but the experience, as well a final tune-up for the players, was far more important than the result.
“You know, I’ve only been here a short time, but the loving and the affection I’ve had off all these fans is phenomenal,” said Ryan. “It will stay with us. One thing I said to the boys was ‘get used to winning at this football ground, because we ain’t losing many games here.’ I’ll make sure of that. When you’ve got fans like this, then you need to give them everything to scream and shout about.”
The taste of his first experience at the Theatre of Greens has left Lowe wanting more, and he cannot wait to see Home Park full and rocking.
“I’ll be honest with you, though, I want a little bit more,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it being full. I can’t wait to see it ramped up, hopefully that will be against Colchester.”