A frustrating day of football ends with Plymouth Argyle coming out on top in a 3-2 win for the Devon-based side. Here are my player ratings:
Joe LUMLEY: 5.5/10: An underwhelming performance from the Rangers stopper. Not all too much he could’ve done about the goals but I reckon he could’ve saved at least 2 of those on his day.
Osman KAKAY: 8/10: You can sense the guy puts in 100%+ every game. Every day actually. Today was no different, and he scored a peach of a half volley.
Rob DICKIE: 6/10: Could’ve defended some of the goals better, but an average start. Hope he improves throughout the season.
Conor MASTERSON: 5.5/10: Did he even play today? Had such a quiet game and was nowhere to be seen.
Ryan MANNING: 7/10: Provided us with the dream start with a bullet header after just 68 seconds but had a quiet game other than that.
Dom BALL: 7/10: Had an ok game. Looked like a solid captain. Still prefer Barbet to take the armband though. Subbed after 77 minutes.
Tom CARROLL: 8.5/10: Had an exemplary second debut for us, putting his body in the way in what was his first professional minutes ironically since when we molested Swansea 5-1 on 5th January. Subbed after 64 minutes. Great first game back.
Luke AMOS: 6.5/10: Provided the assist for the first goal with a delightful corner. Didn’t do much from there on in.
Ilias CHAIR: 7/10: Had flashes of brilliance, as did Bright, but was kept quiet by a resolute Plymouth defence.
Bright OSAYI-SAMUEL: 7/10: As above.
Aramide OTEH: 5/10: Nearly scored a worldie, didn’t really do much apart from that imo.
Paul SMYTH: 6/10: Came agonisingly close to scoring, with his shot coming off the upright before the ball was put out for a corner.
Olamide SHODIPO and Faysal BETTACHE: N/A: Not on long enough to make an impact.
CONCLUSION: We need to take our chances. It’s very simple. We sorely missed Barbet and Dykes. Embrace yourselves for another long, hard slog this season. Hopefully without some woeful defending and a footballing mid-season hiatus in excess of 12 weeks. Come on you R’s!