Right Response

ARGYLE responded to the disappointment of a New Year’s Day loss to league leaders Swindon Town by delivering a masterclass on the road in defeating Scunthorpe United 3-1 in Sky Bet League Two.

Manager Ryan Lowe had no doubt he would get the right reaction from his players and the sizzling run of recent form has taken the Pilgrims into the play-off positions.

A double from youngster Luke Jephcott sandwiched a delightful volley from Byron Moore, as Argyle overwhelmed Scunthorpe with a clinical display.

“I was disappointed because of the loss against Swindon but not disappointed with the way the lads applied themselves,” said Ryan. “They [the players] were on the floor because they knew it was a big opportunity to beat the team top of the league.

“I knew I would get a reaction. You’re never guaranteed three points but the way our lads were over the last few days, and the disappointment, it showed in their performance.

“It goes down to the hard work behind the scenes, not just me and the staff, everyone associated [with the club], and the players, first and foremost, because it’s not possible without them.

“I’ve said all along that we’re a work in progress and, when they put their bodies on the line like that, they take a lot of the credit. It’s always important to get three points on the road, we’ve got this one and then Carlisle [next week].

“We’ll plan properly, make sure the lads get a bit of time off. I’ve got no questions on my players’ desire and what they’re giving us. They’re working hard and they want it as much as the fans and everyone else.”