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Plymouth Argyle assistant Gary Owers hails Luke Young after leveller

25 January 2014

Plymouth Argyle assistant manager Gary Owers admitted goalscorer Luke Young was a game changer in the Pilgrims' 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town.

The substitute, thrown on seconds after Byron Harrison's 10th goal of the season put Cheltenham ahead, scored from an 84th minute 20-yard free-kick to earn the Pilgrims a point.

Young had already seen a 35-yard strike tipped on to a post by goalkeeper Scott Brown but he could do little about the midfielder's measured finish for the late leveller.

Owers said: "It's up to Youngy to force himself into the team and show he can do that week-in, week-out.

"Luke came on and you've all seen his strike from the free-kick. He was unfortunate with another opportunity that came back off the post but that's what Youngy can do.

"We were a little bit unfortunate really because we had two lads ready to go and we went a goal down. The goal went in and we made the two changes. If the substitution had happened seconds earlier they might not have scored but they did.

"To be fair to John (Sheridan) he knew we had to do something and he's made two or three tactical changes in the second half and it's got us a point.

"We weren't great in the first half and we knew that. We only really got going once the changes had been made.

"Cheltenham played a tight diamond and probably had more control of the ball than we did. We knew we had to get three in there to try and get hold of the ball.

"If we had started like we finished it's a game we could have won. It is good for us we got a point when maybe we should have got nothing.

Mark Yates says his side were much better than last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Accrington.

"I wouldn't have wanted to pay to watch the first half, but we stopped them playing and played with more enthusiasm and craft in the second half," he said.

"On the back of three defeats it was a much-improved performance. We have worked hard and if we do that we have got a chance because we have got some good players. There were plenty more positives than last week.

"We were excellent in the second half and a little bit unlucky not to take all three points home with us. I watched the first half from the stands because I wanted to see the overall picture. In the second half it was a case of trying to get more out of them and we did that. We are just disappointed we haven't won the game.

"Bryon (Harrison) has got a bit of everything and we have got to keep demanding and asking more of him because he is a good player. I thought Byron and Jamie Cureton were a threat.

"Our keeper didn't have much to do. We hit the post and their keeper made a great save from the rebound to prevent an own goal. We could have had a couple more goals but that is football. Missing chances has cost us a couple of points."

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