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Game Managed

Perfect Pilgrim Riposte

9 November 2019

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ARGYLE manager Ryan Lowe enjoyed the ideal response to his criticism of game-management from the Pilgrims in a deserved 1-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup.

Callum McFadzean scored the only goal early in the first period and the Greens played some great stuff in attacking areas before settling into a resolute second-half display in repelling a Bolton side from the league above.

The Pilgrims have not played since conceding a last-minute goal in the defeat to Chelsea in the Leasing.com Trophy on a night when the gaffer was slightly irritated by that aforementioned game-management, but the Bolton experience was a happier end of the spectrum.

“I’m very pleased [with the game-management],” said Ryan. “Where we’ve been conceding goals, and it might still happen, it was fantastic [to respond].

“We’ve worked on it and we’re all learning every day. The game-management and the football we played today was fantastic.

“It was a good performance, first and foremost, and a very good win. Obviously, we had to dig in during the second half because they went from back to front quite quickly and we withstood that.

“The overall performance and the levels of the boys was fantastic. We knew this would be a tough place to come and not an easy ride for anyone in League One, but I thought the best team won.

“We’re always wanting to improve and there were times, when we were passing through the lines, that we looked a very good team. It was a great goal and we should have had another one.”


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