‘Shambles,’ ‘Shocking, any chance of sorting that defence out’ – These Plymouth fans aren’t happy after a disappointing defeat

League Two promotion favourites Plymouth Argyle slumped to their third defeat of the season on Saturday as unfancied Port Vale ran out 1-0 winners at Vale Park.

The game appeared to be heading for a drab 0-0 draw until Nathan Smith popped up to head home Richie Bennett’s cross on seventy-six minutes.

The disappointing loss leaves Ryan Lowe’s men without a win in three games, and some of the feelgood factor apparent after his summer arrival from Bury is on the wain.

The Pilgrims now sit eleventh in the early League Two table, and some Argyle fans are concerned at defensive frailties within the team. Lowe is well-known for his attacking style after leading an attractive Shakers side to second in League Two last season, but he appears to have transferred the defensive weaknesses apparent in his Bury side down to Devon.

Bury often got out of jail last season by way of out-scoring their opponents, but after Danny Mayor and Byron Moore went close with good chances, Argyle drew their second blank of the season and left Lowe angry at the defeat.

 

Speaking to Plymouth Live after the match, a frustrated Lowe was critical of his sides defending from the set-piece which led to the goal but promised he would get it right. He said: ‘You can’t just get done on a quick free-kick and then lose your man from the cross. It’s just not good enough – it’s not acceptable neither.’

‘The man (Bennett) takes a swing, hooks it in and we lose our man. It’s not good enough, not acceptable.’

‘But, listen, I’m responsible for it. I pick the lads; I pick the team, I will take the criticism, but we will make sure we get it right.’

It was a view shared by many Pilgrims supporters when they took to social media to react to the result, and some didn’t hold back in questioning Lowes tactics and team selection.

Here is a small sample of Argyle fans reaction to the result on Twitter.

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