Manager reaction to Boxing Day draw

Last updated : 26 December 2023 By Michael Morris

Erol Bulut

“We managed the game better in the first half and played well. In the second half, after the substitutions, we were a little too defensive. We have to press and win the ball back better, and because we didn’t do that, we made small mistakes, then our confidence dropped from the first half. Plymouth scored the second goal and after that, we lost a bit of confidence.


“We can’t allow the opponent to shoot twice in a row without stopping them. We saved the first shot, but then we have three or four players who weren’t alert, this cannot happen. We have to be more focused and aggressive in that area.

"We could’ve won the game at the end, but it was a 50/50 game, and both sides created the same number of chances. We have to live with the point, and we have to prepare and recover well to be ready for the next game on the 29th.

“Today was much better from our attackers. Football is mostly about confidence, and if you have it, you believe in yourself and you believe in your teammates, and sometimes you have to gain confidence by passing the ball five or six metres.

"You have to continue to get your confidence back and then you can try and get through defences.”

Plymouth's caretaker boss Neil Dewsnip:

"The players were devastated in the dressing room. We had more than enough chances to win the game and it was an opportunity missed.

"We had to work really hard for our two goals, so to gift them a goal Was unfortunate. Morgan is in a rich vein of form and scored twice.

"But Bali Mumba hit the crossbar late on and he knows he let himself and his team-mates down. He should have scored from there.

"We haven't won yet since Stephen (Schumacher) left and I'm desperate to win. The players are galvanised and they have moved on from Stephen's departure.

"He did a great job for Argyle and we wish him well at Stoke City. But the players are now waiting for a new manager.

"We've had more than 100 applications so far and the important thing is for us to get the appointment right, not to rush it."