A POINT at an in-form Crawley should be regarded as a positive result, especially after trailing 1-0 for well over an hour and coming into the game on the back of a weekend loss at Port Vale.
The reality, however, was Argyle manager Ryan Lowe left feeling gutted for his players, who delivered an outstanding display and looked to have secured the win when Joe Edwards struck twice in the space of seven minutes to completely reverse the early opener from Reece Grego-Cox.
The 2-1 lead was no more than the Pilgrims deserved but one fatigued lapse in concentration five minutes from time saw Callum McFadzean concede a penalty, and substitute Ollie Palmer converted to earn Crawley a fortunate point.
“I’m gutted for the boys because we found ourselves 2-1 up and the performance was outstanding,” said Ryan.
“We’ve come here and dominated a team that are going really well and scoring goals. We wanted the three points but, before the game, you’re thinking you’ve lost the last game and a point at Crawley is a good point.
“The performance and everything they [the players] put on display showed they’ve learned from the weekend. They’ve listened, taken it on board and I’m disappointed for them because they’ve taken on a lot, mentally and physically.
“We respect every team in the league and we knew what Crawley are about. Everything we had to do to get a point, nearly got three, we’ve done.
“You have to respect Crawley because they’re going well, flying high in the league and we knew it would be no pushover, but I thought there was only one team looking like winning it. Without being disrespectful to Crawley, we could have scored four or five goals.”