Happy return for Lowe as Plymouth knock out Bolton



Posted Sunday, November 10, 2019 by PA

Happy return for Lowe as Plymouth knock out Bolton

Ryan Lowe’s return to the north-west was a happy one as Callum McFadzean’s first-half goal earned the Plymouth manager and his team a 1-0 FA Cup round one win at League One Bolton.

The former Bury manager had left troubled Bury for Plymouth and his return to the region saw his new club reach the second round.

“I thought the best team won,” said the Pilgrims’ boss.

“Bolton have some good players, they are on a transition and trying to stay in the league.

“They are going to win more games than they lose. Overall though I thought we were the better team,” added Lowe after Argyle’s first victory at Bolton in 52 years.

“It was a good performance and very good win. We had to dig in straight from the second half because they went from back to front quite quickly.

“But our lads withstood that and the overall performance was fantastic.”

McFadzean, who followed Lowe from Gigg Lane to Devon, stuck after 11 minutes.

Byron Moore should have doubled the visitors’ advantage after 25 minutes only for keeper Remi Matthews to win their one-on-one battle.

“It was a great worked goal,” agreed Lowe. “And we should have had another when Byron should have scored.

“But we are back on the bike now and we will keep riding,” he said after Plymouth’s first win in three games.

Lowe also praised his team’s game management late in the contest as Bolton battled for an equaliser.

“I walked off the pitch at the end with Niall Canavan and he said: ‘That’s just like what we worked on’.

“So, that’s fantastic for me as a manager and the coaches the players are listening.”

Bolton boss Keith Hill made no excuses after his team’s first defeat in four games.

“We were deservedly beaten,” said the former Argyle defender.

“And we were lucky to go in at half-time only 1-0 down thanks to a match-winning save from Remi Matthews.

“Plymouth had our number. This was the first time I have looked at it and thought it didn’t really resemble, over 90 minutes, a performance in and out of possession.

“It is disappointing, but we have got to accept it. I don’t think it is a game-changer in terms of looking at our philosophy.

“Our priority has always been the league and will remain the league. But the performance leaves a sour taste.

“However, it is not the time to overreact. It is the time to under-react and ask the players why.

“Performance level dipped from key players. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus because they know themselves.

“Plymouth came here and did a job on us. They frustrated us but we frustrated ourselves.”

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