Matt Macey – 8 Despite the loss, Macey had another stellar performance. The on-loan Arsenal stopper is still yet to concede from open play this season, three of the four goals conceded coming from the spot and the other from a direct free kick. He had little to do in the first half, and when Coventry threatened with two efforts from Tony Andreu, he dealt well with the danger, catching one and stopping the other with his feet from close range. Macey guessed the right way for Coventry’s penalty but found himself unable to prevent Bakayogo’s effort from creeping into the bottom right corner. As Argyle were left a little outstretched following the red card, Macey saw a lot more of the ball in the second half but comfortably dealt with a number of shots safely, pushing them behind for Coventry corners. His command of the Argyle area, especially from corners was top quality again and Macey is going forward this season.
Tafari Moore – 7 Moore had a good performance against Coventry, and got better and better throughout. Seemed to struggle with Hiwula initially as Coventry flooded players forward and Argyle sat back but as Argyle got a foothold into the game, Moore nullified the Coventry wingers effect as the game went on. Moore was excellent in his link up play with Carey on the right hand side. Numerous chances came from the right flank and especially as Argyle pushed for an equaliser late into the second half. Competes with tonnes of energy and seems happy to get up and down his flank helping out both in attack and defence whenever he is needed.
Scott Wootton – 6 Had little to do against a relatively poor Coventry attack, and managed to shut down the usually busy Bakayogo besides the penalty effort. The defence became overstretched as the game went on, with Coventry attackers attempting more clear cut efforts at goal, but this more due to the red card and a lack of bodies as opposed to Wootton’s performance.
Niall Canavan – 6 Like Wootton, Canavan had little to do against Coventry but most danger was dealt with competently. Neither Argyle centre-half seemed overly proficient with the ball at their feet when the game began, opting to play the long ball more often than not. However when called upon, Canavan showed that he was able to pass the ball around with some conviction and this should get better with time, especially as the defence plays more games together; an important ability for Adams’s usual more possession based tactics.
Ashley Smith-Brown – 6 Smith-Brown had a steady game at the weekend, continuing an impressive start to his Argyle career. Showed a few defensive lapses as he found himself out of position on a number of occasions, but often recovered well. He was always looking to get forward and drive the attack with crisp passing and clever movement, providing a constant threat from the left hand side, especially in the first half. Sometimes made the wrong decision when it came to the final ball, with a couple of misplaced crosses towards the end of the game. It can not be understated how good his first touch and control of the football is, and seems so comfortable on the ball, happy to play out from the back, a crucial skill in today’s game.
Yann Songo’o – 5 Yann Songo’o has made a habit of being a rather inconsistent player. For everything great he does, there’s often something to counterbalance it and this was the case against Coventry. Defensively he was solid, maybe diving in a little too much at times but for the most part he performed well on that side of the ball. The issues arise as he filled in the position usually occupied by David Fox and the creative deficiencies are evident. His defensive energy and relentlessness is helpful but he gave the ball away far too often with wayward passes and allowed Coventry chances to break forward and attack quickly.
Jamie Ness – 4 Jamie Ness had arguably one of his worst performances in a green shirt against Coventry. Seemed a step behind throughout, with a number of misplaced passes, despite his decent defensive shift. Needlessly picked up a yellow card in the first half, trying and failing to stop a Coventry counter attack. Some may judge his second yellow card a little harsh but it seemed that he moved his hand towards the ball in a deliberate manner, and received his marching orders from referee, Darren Drysdale. Even though he may not have had the best game, his absence was definitely felt following his departure and Argyle likely would have got something from the game, had he remained on the pitch.