Swansea City (H) | Schumacher's Reaction
Argyle could not convert a 1-0 half-time lead into victory against Swansea City at Home Park, as the Welsh side fought back in the second half to won 3-1.
Luke Cundle scored against the side to whom he was loaned last season to give the Pilgrims the lead after 18 minutes. It was a lead they have chances to extend, but shortly after the interval Jerry Yates levelled for the Swans.
Still, Argyle could have got the game’s all-important third goal, but instead it fell to substitute Ollie Cooper, just moments after coming on. With the Greens pushing for an equaliser, they left themselves open, and Swansea sealed it through Josh Key in the last minute of the 90.
“I’m saying the same thing all the time,” said manager Steven Schumacher after the game. “We played okay, played well, got into good areas, should score the second goal when we were on top, but we didn't. Again, we've been punished for it. We’re not doing both sides of the game quite well enough at the moment to get points that we're going to need.
“It’s small margins. The way we're playing, the energy that we're playing with, the quality that we're showing at this level, I'm really happy about it.
“I'm gutted to lose the game. There's loads of positive signs from it, but it's going to wear thin if you keep playing well and getting beaten. I can't be just accepting that we've played well today, but we've lost the game. We've got no points, and it's not good enough, so we've got to do both sides of the game better.
“We've got to make more of the opportunities that we're getting, or the good areas that we're getting into. We've got to do better with it. Pick the right pass, or show a bit more quality, and then be a bit more resolute, because we can't be conceding three goals in games in the Championship either. If you do, then you're not going to get any points.
“On the reflection of the game, the game's evenly balanced. They got goals at important times. They had a reaction after half-time and got a good goal from their point of view. There was nothing in the game. It was close.”
Because of an international window, there are now two weeks until the next fixture, where Argyle will travel to West Bromwich Albion. Schumacher says the side will use the break in action to refocus themselves, and be ready for another sudden burst of fixtures, with three games coming in the first week back.
He said: “Losing four out of the six games in this block that we've lost: it's not good, it’s not what we wanted. Performances have been better than that.
“Now it's going to give us time to go and reflect, see what's going on and areas that we can do better and then a bit of time on the training pitch next week before we go to another tough game at West Brom.”