IT’S ELL OF A BLOW AS GAS STRIKE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

PLY­MOUTH boss Derek Adams be­lieves the omens are good for Ar­gyle de­spite blow­ing a chance to climb to the top of the ta­ble.

The Pil­grims were on course to leapfrog Ley­ton Ori­ent at the League Two sum­mit af­ter Jake Jervis broke the dead­lock in the 85th minute with his sixth goal in the last seven games.

But El­lis Har­ri­son res­cued a point for the Gas thanks to a 90th-minute penalty af­ter the sub­sti­tute was brought down by Pil­grims keeper Luke McCormick.

“We have lost two points,” said Adams. “We had the win in our grasp with four min­utes to go and we could have won the game.

“It’s our first draw but we have won five and are de­lighted with the start we have made. We haven’t moved in the ta­ble and we are still sec­ond. But we are pleased with where we are.

“The game came to life in the last 15 min­utes and both sides had chances. Rovers are a good side and they will do well this sea­son. This was a good ad­vert for League Two football.”

Ply­mouth threat­ened in the open­ing stages with Graham Carey let­ting fly with a 25-yard free-kick which was pushed around the post by Lee Ni­cholls.

Rovers had two chances on the stroke of half-time. First Matty Tay­lor turned sharply be­fore forc­ing McCormick into a smart save low down to his right.

And then Tay­lor was again de­nied by the Ply­mouth keeper af­ter scuff­ing a shot straight into McCormick’s arms.

Only the hero­ics of Ni­cholls de­nied Ar­gyle an opener on the hour mark af­ter Boateng’s cross found its way to the back post where the ball hit Jervis’ knee and the Rovers keeper some­how tipped it over the bar.

Ply­mouth were scream­ing for a penalty in the 82nd minute when Ryan Brunt went down un­der a chal­lenge from Tom Lock­yer.

The game came to life in the fi­nal five min­utes with Ply­mouth draw­ing first blood af­ter Jervis bun­dled Gregg Wylde’s cross past Ni­cholls.

Yet there was to be a fi­nal twist in the tale when Har­ri­son raced into the area only to be im­peded by on­rush­ing keeper McCormick.

The striker kept his cool to fire the spot-kick straight down the mid­dle and, in stop­page time, he could have won it but McCormick pro­duced a won­der save to tip his div­ing header over the bar.

Rovers boss Dar­rell Clarke said: “I thought it wasn’t go­ing to be our day when they scored with five min­utes to go. But the boys kept go­ing and their char­ac­ter shone through.

“We had lost three on the spin so it was im­por­tant to get some­thing from the game.

“Both sides played football the right way and it was a good ad­vert for League Two. It was pretty end to end stuff. “That is seven points from our four away games which is a de­cent re­turn. We re­spect all teams and, on our day, we can be a prob­lem for any side.”

PIC­TURES: JMP Im­ages

ROCK­ING ROVERS: El­lis Har­ri­son grabs a point with his late penalty

MAN DOWN: Har­ri­son won his own spot-kick

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