Harrison Tovey praise tribute to Plymouth Albion supporters
HARRISON TOVEY paid tribute to Plymouth Albion's crowd on Saturday after they nearly helped inspire the team to victory over second-placed Bedford Blues.
Albion had the chance to win the match with the last kick of the game after scoring an injury-time try.
But Paul Roberts just missed with the tough touchline conversion and Albion lost 28-27.
However, the team, who have not won in the league since November 9, were pleased with their performance and the home support.
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Tovey said the team felt they owed the Albion fans a good showing at home after some disappointing displays in previous matches at Brickfields.
"Nat (Saumi) had said we had to play with pride and that's what we did," said forward Tovey.
"And the crowd stayed right to the 85th minute.
"A massive thanks to the crowd because they really did get behind us."
Tovey added: "Obviously there was disappointment with the result, but, overall as a team, we were very happy with the performance.
"We showed determination and we played how we want to play rugby.
"We proved again that we can score four tries."
He added: "Overall we are happy to have played a top-of-the-league team and play as well as we did and get two points out of it, even though we could have one it with the last kick of the game.
"Obviously there are still a few things to work on, but we are very happy with the way we played.
"We'll take that and we will build and just keep going. The win will come.
"Every week since the Leeds game we have built. Nat has asked every week for one per cent extra and we had tried to do that.
"Since we had our little chat (after the defeat against Moseley), we have been like a rejuvenated side, and I think it is on that cards that a win is coming."
Albion now have a week off before facing a trip to third-placed Nottingham.
Tovey admitted it is frustrating that the team have to wait until March 3 for their next game.
"It is disappointing as we are on a roll, but we are going to stay focused," he said.
"We'll do a bit more technical stuff this week and it is a good chance to look at how we can get that win."
Tovey has started Albion's last two matches and on Saturday scored his first league try for the club.
"It was nice to get my first Championship try," he said.
Tovey has only made five starts in the league, but he hopes to add to that tally in the club's final seven fixtures – five of which are away from home.
"Hopefully, I can make that shirt my own, but we have got a good strong squad," he said.