Steven Schumacher

Rotherham United (H) | Schumacher's Reaction

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Morgan Whittaker’s winner, deep into injury time against Rotherham United, was about the only way a crazy afternoon at Home Park could end.

Argyle fell behind to bottom-of-the-table Rotherham, who scored through Jamie Lindsay, before losing Ryan Hardie and his replacement Mustapha Bundu to unsettling head and leg injuries respectively, from challenges that could easily have earned their assailants, Daniel Ayala and Hakeem Odoffin, red cards.

Perhaps energised by losing two team-mates, Argyle improved, equalising via Finn Azaz’s penalty during an incredible 15 minutes of first-half stoppage time, then going ahead when Azaz finished off a slick move.

Ayala was then sent off, for two cautions, but it was the visitors who improved, and levelled through a goal from substitute Tom Eaves, and had seemingly grabbed a precious point.

Argyle, though, kept going, and scored via Whittaker with very little time remaining. It marked the second home game in a row where the Greens conjured a win deep into time added on, following Adam Randell’s heroics against Stoke City two weeks prior.

“It's always brilliant to win like that in the last minute,” said Argyle manager Steven Schumacher. “The circumstances were different though. In the last game it was a bit closer and the game could have gone either way. We snatched it today.

“We felt that we almost gave away two valuable points because being 2-1 up, with an extra player, it should have been a lot more comfortable than it was.

“Credit to Rotherham for that; I thought they were brilliant. Even when they went to ten men, they're a threat because of how big they are. I feel a bit sorry for Rotherham. I know Leam [Richardson] and Rob Kelly really well. They'll be devastated in there, but all I can say about their team is that they're all putting a shift in - with 11 men and with 10 men.

“Somehow, we managed to get the win that we all desperately wanted.

“Ryan's got a nasty clash on his head. He's gone to the hospital to be assessed and it looks like he's got a concussion. We'll see how that goes and the severity of it.

“Mustapha's got a gash right down his shin where the lad caught him. It looked like a nasty tackle. He was only on the pitch for 30 seconds or whatever it was, so it was a blow, losing them both in the first half like that.

“It disrupted the momentum, but I thought actually, once they went off, we got going and we finished the half really well. I think the half went on for an hour, which never normally happens.

“I hope that both lads are alright, that's the main thing.

“We said at half-time, that was the tempo. It did take that to get it going, and we felt it was a bit sluggish.

“Rotherham's organisation was really good; it wasn't easy to play against them. We knew that was going to be the case before the game started.

“[The injuries] did get us going a little bit, and it was a great time to score when we did.

“It was about time we got a penalty, so I'm pleased Finn stuck it away and got us back on level terms.

“The second goal was a brilliant goal, but after that we lost our way slightly and it shouldn't have been as hard as it was.

“Bali Mumba had a chance to score at 2-2 when the keeper made a great save. I was hoping that we didn't come to regret that miss. He should have scored.  

“Thankfully, Finn and Morgan are in brilliant form at the moment. On the edge of the box, it was a lovely bit of skill from the two of them to get in that situation and a brilliant finish.

“It’s been a tough week as well. Coming back from QPR and not getting back until four in the morning was hard work. Credit to the players for the energy that they've put in. They've got over the line in added time again.

“Four points from three games is okay. Where we're at in the league, that's decent enough form. It's kind of what we need to be at. Wednesday night was a tough game. We felt we should have won that game if we'd have scored early, but we did really well to get something from it in the end.”

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