UNITED manager Martin Ling was left to bemoan another late goal costing his side all three points on Boxing Day.
Plymouth Argyle snatched a deserved draw in the Devon derby at a sodden Home Park when young Tyler Harvey smashed home a 90th minute equaliser to deny the Yellows all three points in similar fashion to the home draw with Northampton before Christmas.
It was a goal the Pilgrims deserved but also cruel on a superb defensive display from the Gulls, who had taken the lead through the outstanding Aaron Downes with just 12 minutes left on the clock.
“They kept banging the door and there is no doubt our goalkeeper had more of the work to do, but the timing of the goal was obviously disappointing,” said Martin. “We felt we were going to see it out but it was a good finish from the young lad, and he had a decent game for them.
“It was a gale-force wind against us and we defended well in the first half. It was a lot easier going in the second half because we didn’t have that wind in our face. They were the aggressors for most of the game but it was probably the fair result in the end.”
Martin was naturally full of praise for his defensive duo of Downes and young Angus MacDonald, who has been magnificent since coming in for the suspended Brian Saah.
After withstanding pressure for long periods, United got their goal but could have scored earlier when Lee Mansell scooped over from close-range and Ashley Yeoman had a decent opening to seal the win after breaking clear.
“Brian Saah has been out, Angus has come in and done really well in two tough games,” said Martin. “Downes also got the goal and I thought that was going to nick it for us.
“Lee had a great chance and that was the one that got away. We also had one when Ashley Yeoman got through and maybe could have slipped in Rene Howe.
“We again applaud the attitude and endeavour from our players but we’re a bit disappointed with the late goal. We are sticking in games and the United fans were excellent again. They stuck with us throughout the game and I’m proud of every single one of them.”