“Second Best All Over the Park” – Plymouth Argyle Fans Reaction to Saturday

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Lincoln secured another home point with a very positive performance against a top-half side in League One.

This time it was the turn of table-toppers Plymouth Argyle to visit the LNER Stadium on Saturday; Argyle were looking to bounce back after a shock 5-1 defeat at the hands of our fishy neighbours in the FA Cup just a week prior. And with no midweek Carabao Cup action, it was their first chance to blow away the cobwebs and really put to bed the memory of the FA Cup defeat.

In what was a very end-to-end game, a point a piece (on reflection) was the correct result. Max Sanders scored on the cusp of half time, crashing home his first goal since Bowers & Pitsea 12 months ago. Both teams had chances to go on and win the game, however, through a mixture of great defending and missed opportunities, the game finished 1-1, writes Samuel Rowson.

Schumacher’s View

Steven Schumacher

Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher was, on the whole, happy with a point and spoke to The Plymouth Herald post-match, in which he was quick to compliment the home side’s efforts and commitment throughout the exhilarating encounter.

“I thought it was a good game of football. Credit to Lincoln. They made it really tough for us. The commitment that they showed and the energy they played with made it hard for us to get any sort of rhythm in the game. But’s that what we are going to come up against away from home. We are top of the league, everyone understands the quality that we have got and they are going to have to work really hard to try and stop us. Both teams had spells where they were on top and created some good chances and in the end we are probably happy with a point – another one on the board.”

He was then asked about the two goals scored in the first period, firstly on Adam Randell’s impressive first-time strike from outside the area. The midfielder right-footed effort was out of reach of Lincoln’s Keeper Rushworth. Schumacher had this to say-

“It was a great goal. It’s a part of Adam’s game that he is developing. He works hard on it in the training sessions, hitting the target from outside the box. He has got a lovely strike on him. We just felt that if we ever got opportunities to get in behind Lincoln the cut back crosses were on.”

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“We worked on that this week and thankfully the ball fell to him on the edge of the box and it was another great strike so really pleased for him.”

A game-defining couple of minutes occurred on either side of the 45-minute mark. Firstly a superb save from Rushworth to deny Argyle a 2-0 half time lead. Swiftly followed by the absolute rocket that was Max Sander’s goal. Schumacher found faults with his side which could have prevented the goal.

“It was disappointing. It came from our corner, where we got counter-attacked on and there was a mistake from Bali Mumba on the halfway line and they get a corner. It was a well-worked corner from them. It was a great ball from the lad who took it, it was a superb touch and a brilliant finish.

“You can’t stop everything. Nigel Lonwijk was unlucky not to get a touch on it and get it away from their lad. Sometimes you have got to hold your hands up – it was a great finish.

“It gave them a little bit of a boost right before half-time but I thought we reacted quite well. Their keeper (Carl Rushworth) pulled one out from Ryan Hardie, right under the crossbar.”

Finally, Schumacher mentioned the referee’s performance throughout the game and how, from his viewpoint, he felt hard done by with certain decisions that went the way of the home side.

“I don’t normally complain about decisions because I’m not that type of person, but we had a penalty decision go against us in the last minute here last year that was outside the box (in a 2-2 draw). It was a very competitive game today, but I thought the referee was a bit soft with some of the fouls that he gave to Lincoln. I didn’t think we got our fair share. Morgan is saying there was definitely contact on him in the box. We have looked back at it and it looks like it’s a penalty, so I’m a bit disappointed with that, we could have nicked it at the end, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

 

Twitter/ Fan Reaction

Sanders Wonder Strike

On the stroke of half time Max Sanders did his best to take the roof of The LNER Stadium. An inch-perfect corner kick from Charles Vernam was controlled and duly despatched by the midfielder. And it really capped off a great display for the resurgent 23-year-old with his first League One goal for the Imps.

 

Second Half Goal Mouth Scramble

As the game ebbed and flowed throughout the second period, Lincoln put Plymouth under a real sustained period of pressure, this culminated in a frantic spell in which the Imps made 6 or more attempts at goal. Unfortunately, great goalkeeping and defending alongside unfortunate bounces meant we couldn’t quite capitalise on this to take the lead. Plymouth Twitter admin tried their best to describe it also, but with a game as frantic as this, it was hard to catch your breath at times, let alone transcribe the events live.

The responses to this tweet really showed in the moment how the Plymouth fans felt and how they saw the game and its potential for Lincoln to take all three points.

 

Whittaker Penalty Shout

As previously mentioned in his post-match interview Steven Schumacher thought that a whole host of decisions went against his side on Saturday and that there is even a historic trend with decisions favouring the home side in the same fixture from last season, “but we had a penalty decision go against us in the last minute here last year that was outside the box (in a 2-2 draw)”. Included in the list of decisions that went against them was a penalty shout for Whittaker in the dying embers of the game. From my viewpoint in GMB L5 it felt like one of those decisions that you have definitely seen given but would have been on the soft side had the referee pointed to the spot. And the fact that it was the Ex-Lincoln loan man who was challenged in the box meant it was followed by a loud volley of boos and chants of cheat shortly afterwards.

 

Tough To Beat Lincoln Made It Hard

A great home performance saw Lincoln walk away with a fully deserved point. Although some Argyle fans thought they were very lucky to grab a point themselves. With many a fan praising the home side’s performance, whilst being heavily critical about Plymouth. With even some fans going as far as to say we are potential play-off contenders, this just goes to show how outside eyes from different clubs view our own present situation. With the vast majority happy with a point and complimenting the Imps-