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Gaz Galvanised

Skipper Back in the Fold

19 February 2020

GARY Sawyer returned from a three-game suspension to take his place in the Argyle defence for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Macclesfield in Sky Bet League Two.

While the Pilgrim skipper has enjoyed a fine season, manager Ryan Lowe felt the enforced break was a good chance for Gaz to recharge his batteries and also allowed Callum McFadzean to make his return after a lengthy injury lay-off.

Fadz has been superb over the last week but came off late in the weekend win over Crewe and his understandable fatigue opened the selection door for his captain.

“He [Sawyer] hass been great, he’s done all his work but we felt that rest probably did him the world of good,” said Ryan.

“Fadz was absolutely shattered and he’s done fantastic for us. He’s played half a game and then two full games in a short space of time after being out for eight to ten weeks.

“It was only right we brought Gaz back in to fill in down that side. There are one or two tired legs now but the pitch didn’t help, it was heavy and boggy in certain areas.

“We’re not making excuses and to come away from Macclesfield with a point is decent. They say win your home games and draw away, two points per game is where you want to be.”

The draw at Macclesfield was hard-fought for the Greens at a club fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and Argyle had to fight back from conceding the opening goal on 32 minutes.

The equaliser finally arrived six minutes from time, when Antoni Sarcevic scored the rebound after his initial penalty had been saved, and a point the gaffer felt was thoroughly deserved.

“We wanted to come here and win, but we felt we shot ourselves in the foot with their goal because it was a mistake on our behalf,” said Ryan.

“It was a fair point for both sides, they started bright in the first half and in the second half, we were dominant all over the park. Yes, they threatened us a bit but that’s because we were putting plyers forward and going for the win.

“Fair play to the Macclesfield lads, they’ve been through the mill and they’re putting their bodies on the line for their manager and their football club.”

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