We did enough to win game, says Plymouth Argyle starlet Luke Young
MIDFIELDER Luke Young thought there were 'a lot of positives' to come out of Plymouth Argyle's 2-2 draw with table-topping Gillingham at Home Park on Saturday.
The result ended a sequence of four successive defeats in all competitions for the Pilgrims.
It could have been even better for them, though, had former Argyle defender Adam Barrett not equalised in the 89th minute.
Argyle twice took the lead only for the League Two pacesetters to come up with a response.
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Young told Herald Sport: "Some people, the fans for example, might have taken a point from this game at the start, looking at our last results and who we were playing.
"But, as a group of players, we were going into the game to win it.
"I think we did enough to win it but they (Gillingham) threw everything at us and, unfortunately, they nicked it right at the end.
"The tempo we played at was the key for us," continued the promising 19-year-old Pilgrim.
"From start to finish we were at them and they couldn't really handle it. All they threw at us, we dealt with well.
"I think we should have nicked it, personally, but you have got to look at the positives.
"There are a lot of positives, so we have got to try to take that into next Saturday (when Argyle are away to fifth-placed Fleetwood Town)."
Gillingham arrived at Home Park with the best away record in League Two, having picked up 19 points out of a possible 24.
Young said: "They are flying high but we wanted to show them what we are capable of, and I think we did that.
"Nobody likes losing, whether it's in the FA Cup, in the league or in little five-a-sides in training.
"It was a great game for us to try to put things right and I think we showed what we are capable of against the league leaders.
"We are capable of beating anybody on our day," added the former Argyle apprentice.
"I think we passed it at the right times and we hit long balls into Griff (Rhys Griffiths) and Feeno (Warren Feeney) and worked off them at times.
"That helped us, making the right decisions at the right time."
Argyle took a 2-1 lead against Gillingham in the 80th minute when Young received a short pass from substitute Nick Chadwick and crashed an 18-yard shot past keeper Stuart Nelson.
It was Young's second goal of the season, and his fourth in 52 appearances for his hometown club.
Young said: "I gave a little shout to Chads and it was a great touch by him, right into my path. I didn't have to break stride.
"I got my head down and kept my eye on the ball, and got a good strike on it. Luckily it went in."
That looked to have secured maximum points for the Pilgrims until Barrett popped up with his late equaliser.
Barrett bravely headed home from close range after a deep cross was nodded inside by Myles Weston.
Young said: "It was just one of those things, maybe a lack of concentration when they were piling the pressure on. The ball fell to them in the right place and they put it in the back of the net."
Young had played much of this season in the centre of midfield for Argyle, but started on the left against Gillingham. He later switched to the right side after Andres Gurrieri was sent on as a second half substitute.
Young said: "I don't mind where I play as long as I'm in the team. I feel like I give 110 per cent in whatever position I play in.
ARGYLE under-18s completed a hat-trick of wins against Exeter City after beating the Grecians 2-1 in the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference at Haye Road, Elburton, on Saturday.
Centre-back Nathan Summers and in-form striker Tyler Harvey were their goalscorers.
Argyle had previously beaten Exeter in the Youth Alliance Cup and the FA Youth Cup first round.