Player Ratings: Northampton
Remi MATTHEWS: 7
Although seemingly carrying a knock from Saturday, Matthews fully deserved his clean sheet. He commanded his box extremely well and kept Northampton at bay whenever their limited opportunities arrived. Overall, it was a quiet night for the emergency goalkeeper, but one where he did all that he had to just fine.
Gary SAWYER: 7
Sawyer was back to his consistent and steady ways, putting in a solid performance at right-back. The Argyle number 3, predominantly left-sided, was barely tested in what was a strong performance from the entire of the back four.
Sonny BRADLEY: 8 – MAN OF THE MATCH
In what was a very good all-round team performance, towering centre-back Sonny Bradley was the pick of the bunch. It was an assertive performance from last season’s player of the year, who barely made an error in a solid centre-back partnership with Yann Songo’o. Sonny’s dominance in the air is again what earned his two goals and Argyle the three points on a fine night for the Greens.
Yann SONGO’O: 7
After an uncertain performance at central-defence on Saturday – albeit with ten men and scant midfield protection – Songo’o returned to the levels of performance that we saw throughout the six match unbeaten run. His ball-playing skills out of defence were particularly impressive, retaining ball possession for Argyle, while he often made strong interceptions as part of his aggressive style of play. A key figure in a very commanding back four on the night.
Aaron TAYLOR-SINCLAIR: 8
Left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair continues to impress the Home Park faithful with his steady, reliant and consistent performances. Taylor-Sinclair linked up well down the left-side with Joel Grant, causing the Northampton defence problems – particularly in the first period. Of particular value to Argyle was the way he stretched the play with his width, allowing other Argyle midfielders more room in central areas.
David FOX: 8
Finally dropped back into his best position, the deep lying playmaker was back to his best tonight, keeping a superior Argyle midfield ticking over with his excellent use of the ball. Fox benefited from the space provided by the high energy duo of Sarcevic and Diagouraga, complimenting his midfield partners particularly well. Though he was helped by having two more energetic pressers in front of him but take nothing away – their presence simply enabled him to exert a greater influence over the match; his passing was first rate, as was his assist.
Toumani DIAGOURAGA: 7
Diagouraga again proved to be authoritative in the middle of the midfield, often supporting the side defensively, winning the ball back and setting up attacks for the Argyle front three. As a box-to-box midfielder, Diagouraga’s presence and work rate continues to have an important influence in Argyle’s upturn in form. With Sarcevic alongside him, he even seems more confident going fowards and he was unfortunate not to get his first goal for Argyle but for an unlucky deflection.
Antoni SARCEVIC: 8
Sarcevic provided a different dimension to the midfield trio, adding energy and attacking support. On his return to the side due to the suspension of Ryan Edwards, the number 7 particularly impressed – leading the press in the midfield, gaining that extra ten yards of territory and allowing Argyle to dominate the game.
Graham CAREY: 7
Very influential in Argyle’s attacking play. Playing on the right side of a front three, Carey created many chances from crossing and set-piece deliveries as the Northampton defence struggled to deal with his skill and trickery. With Argyle’s midfield playing further up the pitch following the enforced tactical reshuffle, Carey found himself with more space and support, allowing him more opportunities to create for his teammates. Provided the cross into the box for Bradley’s second.
Jake JERVIS: 7
Jervis led the line well for Argyle, battling with Northampton’s central-defenders to retain the ball and set-up opportunities for teammates. His pace often caught Northampton out as he got in behind to unnerve the back four. Overall, a very good performance from Argyle’s current first choice striker – constantly improving and adapting to the lone striker role in the Derek Adams system.
Joel GRANT: 7
A direct, creative attacking outlet down the left-side with the support of Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Grant showed good pace and strength on the ball to cause the Cobblers defence problems, especially in the first-half.
Alex Fletcher: N/A
A late substitute for Jake Jervis.
Lionel AINSWORTH: N/A
A late substitute for Graham Carey.