Crystal Palace (H) | Cundle's Reaction
Luke Cundle scored his first goal as a Plymouth Argyle player as the Pilgrims met Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
At the time, it looked like the goal – a stunning, curling effort into the top corner - was setting Argyle on the path to the next round. It took the Greens 2-0 up, and came just 35 seconds into the second half.
However, Palace made a triple substitution, bringing on Ebereche Eze, Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp, which inspired the Eagles into action. A quickfire trio of goals put them ahead, before a late fourth sealed their victory.
Cundle’s happiness at scoring such a brilliant goal was obviously tempered by the final result, but despite the turnaround, he says that he and the team remain positive about this, and several other, strong performances.
“The lads have not got their heads down or anything, just because we've been beaten a few times in a row,” said Cundle. “We've conceded late twice, when we shouldn't have. We should've got a couple of points out of those games. There's belief in the changing room that we can go on and have a really good season, so we’ve got to keep going.
“The fans got behind us tonight. It was a brilliant crowd. For the first hour, even 10 minutes after we scored the second goal, I thought we could have went on to get the third, maybe finish the game off.
“With the lads they brought on, that just shows the level where they're at and that's something for myself and the players in there to look up to really. I thought for the best part of the game there, we had a better team and were deservedly 2-0 up.
“They played a strong team and we played well, so there's plenty of positives to take from it.”
Cundle, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers for the season, has played four times now since his arrival, and has caught the eye with his ability to drift into the space and look for incisive passes.
He has now shown his goalscoring ability, too, and stresses that he feels there is more to come when his fitness levels are at their peak.
“I’m not fully fit yet,” he said. “I didn't have the best of pre-seasons, minutes wise. For the first couple of games, I felt like I needed to get fitter, but I felt really good today. The manager wants me to go forward, get the ball in the pockets, and try to hurt defences with passes.
“I'm really enjoying it, hopefully it can carry on.”