Doing Everything We Ask
THE greatest satisfaction for Argyle manager Ryan Lowe after the weekend win over Bradford City in Sky Bet League Two was the ability of his players to respond positively to every instruction.
The Pilgrims were outstanding from the start, racing into a 2-0 lead with goals from Byron Moore and Joe Edwards, before quashing a Bradford fightback after the visitors had reduced the deficit early in the second period.
Such was the quality of the Pilgrim performance, Bradford changed their formation in a fruitless bid to change the course of the match and this winning form gives Ryan great confidence as we head toward Sunday’s FA Cup showdown at Bristol City.
“Every single one of them, to a man, was different class,” said Ryan. “The willingness and desire to press, and close people down, do everything we ask, was brilliant.
“You feel comfortable in games and that comes from putting the work in, feeling confident in the boys that they’re going to perform and withstand any pressure, which they did.
“They [Bradford] play with one up front and James Vaughan is a handful. They changed in the second half to match us up with a 3-5-2 and it was tough, but we dealt with it.
“It shows the work we’ve put in, to be 2-0 up at half-time, they had to change it to try and get back into the game but the quality of our lads shone through in the end. The game is never won at 2-0 because it’s a tough scoreline.
“We are on a good run of form and we have to continue that. You can’t win every game because the league is so inconsistent but if you get a run together, you can start looking forward.
“We’ve got a free week from the league now, it’s Bristol Rovers [in the FA Cup] and then we’ll bounce into December. We feel that, if we can pick up some points in December, we’ll be in a different position again. Come January, February and March, you can then kick-on.”