REACTION: Lowe on Northampton Defeat
Argyle manager Ryan Lowe was disappointed with the quality of the goals conceded in the Greens’ 2-0 defeat at Sky Bet League One strugglers Northampton Town on Tuesday night.
Despite Argyle enjoying two thirds of the total possession throughout the game, it was Cobblers midfielder Ryan Watson who bagged a brace either side of half-time to condemn Argyle to defeat at the PTS Academy Stadium.
Lowe said: “I’m disappointed, obviously. We can’t go from beating probably the best team in the league, [Lincoln City], to not beating a team that are at the bottom, with all due respect to Northampton.
“Credit where credit’s due to them, they put everyone behind the ball, and we gifted them two sloppy goals. The levels were nowhere near, and I don’t expect my team to perform like that.
“I just want my team to perform week in week out, the way we should. The decision-making today was poor, the passing from back to front was poor, we didn’t pass the ball quick enough forward. I’m not happy, it’s three points dropped.”
A frustrating evening took one final turn in stoppage time, when full debutant Sam Woods was dismissed for high challenge.
Lowe said: “I think [Sam’s] foot was a little bit high so there will be no complaints from me, but I feel for [him]. He stood in today and made his debut, and was fine, was composed and did well enough. I’ll address it and look at it.”
Woods was one of three changes to the starting eleven that began the win against Lincoln City at the weekend, coming in for Fulham loanee Jerome Opoku, who was not risked after coming off in the second half on Saturday.
Lowe said: “As for Jerome, he just wasn’t worth the chance of risking him because we had Sam there. He came on on Saturday and did ever so well and he won a place in the starting eleven. We will address Jerome in the next couple of days and see where we are."
The Greens will not have long to dwell on a disappointing evening, as they travel to play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
Lowe said: “I’ve got to pick [the players] up for Saturday, we’ve got another tough travel away to Doncaster, they’re flying high.
“I know they’ve just lost their manager, but they won [on Tuesday night]. We will set the game plan up on Thursday or Friday, and it’s over to the boys then to go and execute it.”