Ian Foster

Leeds United (H) | Foster's Reaction

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For Ian Foster, the disappointment of Argyle losing at home in the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in over four months was tempered by the fact that the Greens ran a very good Leeds United side very close.

Leeds won 2-0, thanks to a Wilfried Gnonto goal after 10 minutes, and a Georginio Rutter strike 18 minutes from time, but for the hour or so between goals, Argyle were a match for their lofty opponents, who came into this game on a run of seven straight wins.

The performance and effort shown by Argyle was reflected in the responses of the Green Army, who were vociferous in the their backing during the game, particularly in the second half, and appreciative in their reaction at full-time.

“It was a really good game; a really tense and tight game of football,” said Foster “I thought we started slowly, we potentially gave them a little bit more respect than we ought to have. We were quite passive at times, particularly out of possession, which gave them a foothold in the game.

“If they’ve carved you open and played round your press, then you can accept that, but it's just a loose pass, it's gone up in the air and we've not quite dealt with it.

“We're disappointed with the manner of the first goal, but it was the only shot on target in the first half, so we know that we've limited a really good team to very few chances.

“In the second half, I thought we were outstanding. From first to last whistle in the second half, we played how we wanted to play. We got up to Leeds, made it very difficult, showed a lot of control and patience in possession and created opportunities, which was really pleasing.

“Sometimes you've got to give the crowd a little bit to shout about. I thought our second half performance did that. They responded brilliantly.

“They're a fabulous team. We know that they've got wonderful attacking players on the pitch, and coming onto the pitch late on, we've limited them to two shots on target, which is a positive for us.

“We've got very different objectives, Leeds and ourselves. We respect that they're an unbelievable team, but we stayed in the game. I thought we were always in it. We're always mindful of the threat they pose, but I thought we were terrific.

“We're disappointed, of course, because we've come away with zero points, and that's the name of the game; you've got to get points on the board. 

“We'll dust ourselves down; we'll be in tomorrow to review the game, recover properly and be ready to go again.”

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