MATCH REPORT: Crewe 1-1 Argyle
3 August 2019
Rudden (Pen 18')
It was a hard fought match for Argyle as they drew Crewe in Manager Michael Carrick's first match as manager of the club.
Zak Rudden who was given the start at striker today scored his first goal of the season via penalty. The 19 year old on loan from Rangers gave us the lead with a penalty placed in the top right coroner in the 18th minute.
The only other score came from Crewe's Ryan Wintle as he equalized making the defense look stumped. After 27 minutes the score would remain even until the match was over.
Six Pilgrims went straight into the starting line-up for their competitive debuts. Alex Palmer pipped academy graduate Michael Cooper to the starting position in goal, while fellow new signings Joe Edwards, Danny Mayor, Byron Moore, Billy Clarke and Zak Rudden, formerly of Alex, also started.
Manager Michael Carrick, also making his competitive bow for Argyle, could rely on attacking changes from the bench if necessary, with four forwards included among the replacements. With the score level it was time to call on Dom Telford in the 53rd minute to attempt to break the tie. He had several close chances but Crewe keeper Will Jääskeläinen was unstoppable.
After the match in a press conference, Carrick was enthusiastic about the start of the season. "A draw is not the result that you want but in this case I feel it was well earned, the players of Crewe did a real good job trying to stop us and they did. All I was able to see that this team is ready for the long season and we need top focus on the goal of promotion."
On the decision to sub out Zak Rudden of Dom Telford;"Zak did have a tremendous debut but the Crewe defense was just too much at the point and I felt giving Dom a chance early on it could have turned the tied of the day. Not all decisions work out great but this one evened out."
Argyle's next match is set for a 3:00PM Kick-Off at Home Park. The club will host Colchester in the first match at home this 2019/20 League Two Season. During the first matchday Colchester defeated Port Vale by a score of 1-0, with a goal from Striker Theo Robinson.