REACTION: Conor's Mixed Emotions
Argyle midfielder Conor Grant admitted that his teammates were not sure how to feel after their topsy-turvy 4-4 Sky Bet League One draw at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon.
The former Everton midfielder opened his 20/21 account with an early contender for goal of the season on the stroke of half-time to put Argyle 2-1 up, before three early second-half goals looked to have taken the game away from them. With time running out, the Greens rallied to score two late goals and take a point back to Devon.
Grant said: “Mixture of emotions, definitely. At 4-2 down, you’re fearing the worst, but I think that shows we’ve got a great togetherness and character to come back and get it back to 4-4, which, in the end, is a good point.”
“We showed good character to come back from 4-2, but we shouldn’t have let it get to 4-2 – we were in a good position. As a team, we’ll look to be better defensively. There’s definitely a lot to work on.”
Although Conor’s goal may appear to have been a moment of divine inspiration, the midfielder admits the decision to shoot from range was influenced by the team’s manager, Ryan Lowe.
He said: “It’s patterns of play that we work on. Driving forward with the ball in the eight position, I’ve played Joe [Edwards] in and obviously he’s came back to me.
“From that position, the gaffer’s saying have shots, try and get shots off, and I thought it was on to work the angle – and it’s managed to go in the top corner, which is nice.”
Having hauled themselves back on level terms, the Greens finished the match the stronger side, and were unfortunate not to add a fifth, match-winning, goal, late on. According to the Pilgrims’ goalscorer, though, a point was an appropriate reward for a hard day’s work in the capital.
“At that time, you’d take a point, but we were pushing forward. Dom’s [Telford] had a great chance with his header, a bit unlucky, and Danny [Mayor] at the end could’ve scored – so there was chances, even at 4-4, but it was probably fair to get the draw.”