Crewe 1-2 Plymouth Player Ratings: Creative Carey

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Crewe 1-2 Plymouth

Plymouth Argyle won 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra, coming from behind thanks to goals from Craig Tanner and Graham Carey. Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for both teams:

Crewe Alexandra

Ben Garratt – didn’t do too much wrong for either goal, denied Donaldson well early on. 5

Perry Ng – positive going forward, but struggled defensively against Carey in the second half. 5
Harry Davis – not the most aggressive display but rarely let Spencer get goal side of him. 6
Jon Guthrie – solid at centre-back but struggled against Jake Jervis when moved to the left. 4
Zoumana Bakayogo – offered defensive power and pace going forward. His crossing was not the best but his influence was missed when he went off injured. 7

Danny Hollands – for the anchor man role, he needed to imposed himself more physically. 4
George Cooper – his penalty lacked power. Disappointing end product downgrades a lively performance. 5
James Jones – battled well and picked the pass for Kiwomya’s opener. 8
Callum Ainley – adapted smoothly to his new central role. It remains to be seen how he’d cope against more powerful midfields. 7
Alex Kiwomya – drifted in and out of the game. Hard to play against in spells but could have offered himself more. 5

Daniel Udoh – posed a threat in the first half with his pace and willingness to run in behind. Grew tired after the break. 6

Ben Nugent (on 55) – went up top for the final few minutes and posed a threat. 7
Tommy Lowery (on 71) – similar name to a Crewe legend but didn’t appear more productive than Ainley. 5
Callum Saunders (on 81) – came close to scoring one or two times after coming on. 6

Plymouth Argyle

Luke McCormick – his penalty save was the turning point. One wonders whether Plymouth’s position in the league would be as comfortable with a less gifted goalkeeper. 9

Gary Miller – had to sit deep due to Crewe’s attacking left-side. Committed throughout and produced a vital block late on. 7
Sonny Bradley – looked strong, dependable and dominant in the air. 8
Yann Songo’o – relied on his athleticism too much. His aggression may be better suited to midfield, with the insurance of a more disciplined centre-back. 4
Ben Purrington – solid enough but offered little going forward. Given that Argyle weren’t winning until late on, you’d ideally have wanted him to provide more width. 5

Graham Carey – set up at least two chances almost single-handedly and scored the winner, despite limited support. By far Plymouth’s most creative player. 10
Ryan Donaldson – a winger that didn’t adapt to a central role as well as Ainley did for Crewe. A couple of decent shots but otherwise looked uncomfortable. 3
David Fox – played one or two good crossfield passes but his lack of physicality hindered him on occasion. Could have closed down earlier. 5
Craig Tanner – wasn’t always involved but produced a moment of sheer quality for the equalizer. 5
Jordan Slew – Plymouth’s liveliest player in the first half, tracked back well. 7

Jimmy Spencer – ineffective for much of the game but his initial pass for the second goal was excellent. 4

Jake Jervis (on 62) – looked full of energy and caused problems for Guthrie. Set up Carey’s winner. 8
Connor Smith (on 82) – showed dynamism in his short time on the pitch. Broke up one attack and willingly got forward to counter. 7
David Goodwillie (on 88)

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