The 2023/24 season didn’t start on a positive note for Town, as they suffered a defeat against newly promoted Plymouth Argyle. The game was closely contested, and the outcome could have been different if it weren’t for some missed opportunities.
Early in the match, Town fell behind due to a defensive lapse, allowing Plymouth’s Morgan Whittaker to score. However, they managed to bounce back and equalise before halftime through Michał Helik’s goal. Unfortunately, Town could have scored more goals, but both Josh Koroma and Jack Rudoni missed clear chances.
Brahima Diarra had a chance to put Town ahead, but he couldn’t convert it. Plymouth took advantage of their opportunities and quickly scored two more goals, with one of them possibly being offside.
Manager Neil Warnock deployed a 4-3-3 formation for the season opener, and new loan signing Tom Edwards made his debut as a right-back in front of an enthusiastic group of more than 1,600 Town fans.
The first goal for Plymouth came as a result of confusion between Lee Nicholls and Michał Helik, leaving Whittaker with an easy opportunity to score. After falling behind, Town started to create chances, but they were unable to capitalise on them. Koroma was the most threatening player on the pitch, but he failed to convert a couple of good opportunities.
Town managed to equalise just before halftime when Helik found the back of the net after a scramble in the box. In the second half, Town had the wind at their backs and looked more likely to take the lead. Diarra and his swirling cross troubled Plymouth’s goalkeeper, but they couldn’t find the net.
Unfortunately, two individual battles lost by Town players proved costly, as Plymouth regained the lead in the 73rd minute through Bali Mumba’s determined run and finish. Despite Town’s efforts to get back in the game, Plymouth extended their lead with a third goal, which appeared to have a hint of offside.
Town’s substitute, Pat Jones, tried to spark a comeback but couldn’t find the back of the net. Ultimately, Plymouth held on to secure the victory, leaving Town disappointed with a loss on the road.