Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has defended Rangers loanee Zak Rudden, in an interview with Plymouth Live.
The Pilgrims’ indifferent start to the season continued on Saturday, with a 2-2 draw against Oldham.
They could have taken all three points had Rudden taken a last gasp opportunity at Home Park.
Yet, Lowe didn’t point the finger, instead asserting the teenager was unfortunate not to net after his effort from Callum McFadzean’s cross was saved by Oldham keeper, Gary Woods.
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“We wanted to get Byron and Rudden down the sides, which I thought worked well because Rudden has had a great chance towards the end,” the manager told Plymouth Live.
“Sometimes, as a striker, you can’t do any more. He has done more than enough. He has just missed out but he will keep getting in them areas.”
There has been no fairytale start to Rudden’s stint in the EFL. The 19-year-old striker notched a dozen goals for a poor Falkirk team in the Scottish Championship last season, but he’s yet to score after five outings for Plymouth.
It must be encouraging, though, that Lowe is sticking up for him.
New to his own role and looking to deliver on promotion, it would have been easy to deflect blame after this disappointing result against a struggling Latics side.
Instead, he’s hinted at plenty of further playing time for Rudden over the coming weeks. Let’s hope he’s able to repay the faith in goals and in so doing, can impress Lowe’s mate Stevie G, back in Glasgow.