Remi Matthews: 8 MOTM. The game was not wholly defined by keepers: Argyle played well in spells and had chances of their own, but the excellence of Matthews cannot be denied even if it is not the case that he singlehandedly won us our point. His command of area and distribution were both very good indeed and he made one fine, leaping save to prevent us going behind early in the game.
Oscar Threlkeld-7. The right-back maintained his recent impressive form with a game that showed both defensive solidity and attacking tenacity. In particular, he got down the line well and put a superb cross into the area for Ruben Lameiras to miss agonisingly where he really should have made it 2-0 to Argyle- a position from which it would it would have been very difficult for them to come back.
Zak Vyner-7. The centre-back continued to show why he is so highly rated at parent club Bristol City with another classy and assured performance. His ‘proactive’ style of defending, reacting to potential problems before they happen is a welcome addition to Argyle’s backline. He just needs to work ever so slightly on his upper body strength and he has the potential to be an excellent defender at higher levels than this one.
Yann Songo’o-5. He took a lot of stick for the unfortunate manner of Fleetwood’s equalising goal, ducking a ball that he could easily have got his head onto. It emerged later that he was told to leave the ball by Gary Sawyer, exonerating him of blame but that was not the only incident that the centre-back was heavily involved in. He also very nearly gave away what would have been a winning goal for Fleetwood when he lost his man, questionably handled the ball in the box and then tried to play his way out of his own area (almost giving the ball away) all within ten seconds. He was lucky not to be on the end of even more notoriety.
Gary Sawyer-5. A poor game for the usually efficient left-back who seems to be somewhat tiring. His recent dip in form was compounded by a dual error for Fleetwood’s goal. First, telling Songo’o to leave the ball and secondly losing track of Madden rather than following the run. The two factors combined to see the striker slot home.
David Fox-5. There is a common perception that he was our best player in the game, but that does not tell the whole story. Whilst he showed no shortage of his usual proficiency with the ball at his feet (especially in the first half) he grew very sluggish as the game went on and was sometimes overran in midfield, failing to track his runners. He also had a tendency to shoot from very ambitious scenarios, when a pass would have been the better option.
Jamie Ness-7. Seemingly subbed off due to injury, Ness was having a good game up to that point, the best of the midfield three for sure. He showed the ability to regain the ball and do so cleanly without giving away free-kicks, as well as having the most incisive and also accurate passing out of all those playing in green.
Moses Makasi- 6. A 6 seems a somewhat harsh rating for a youngster making his first professional start but in truth it was a curate’s egg performance from the youngster. He showed at times some promising pass and move routines, mimicking the late runs into the box that have made Antoni Sarcevic such a fan favourite in recent months. Where he did not live up to Sarcevic however, was in the pressing and tackling side of things. Sarcevic’s defensive work was in harrying, snapping at heels and making Fox’s job much easier with his fearless and energetic work. Makasi as yet did not reach that level.
Ruben Lameiras- 7. The skilful attacker was by far the best of the front three, deftly providing the main link between midfield and attack. As well as his assist, he also spotted and attempted a lot of ambitious passes especially in the first half. If only he’d scored that chance, he’d have been a shoe-in for man of the match.
Graham Carey-7. After a fairly shoddy display out wide, Carey thrived when moved into the central position with just under half an hour to go. He helped stem the tide at a time where Fleetwood were getting on top of the game and create a few chances for Argyle. He would have had a goal late on but for an excellent leaping save by Fleetwood goalkeeper Cairns.
Ryan Taylor-5. The big ginger striker is on a minor dip in form at the moment, having been sublime when he first came into the side. His movement was not as good as usual against Fleetwood, nor his ability to win aerial challenges. He did not seem to get the ball to meet quite so much either.
Lionel Ainsworth- 5. Whilst the pacy winger has been somewhat underplayed so far this season, he did not hugely help the case for his inclusion in this game. A lot of running, granted but little in the way of an end product.
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair-6. Brought on for Sawyer, the left back generally did fairly well linking up with Carey down the left hand side and was solid defensively without pulling up any trees.