Plymouth Argyle striker Ryan Hardie has lauded the home support after their comeback win over Derby County on Tuesday night.
Plymouth Argyle secured a valuable win last night, coming from behind to defeat play-off hopefuls Derby County 2-1.
The visitors took the lead early on through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing but the Pilgrims rallied after the break, with midfielder Callum Wright levelling the scores just before the hour mark. With 20 minutes left, Finn Azaz was ruled to have been fouled by Harvey White in a dubious call, but talisman Hardie showed no hesitation in dispatching from 12 yards.
He coolly rolled past Joe Wildsmith to give Plymouth the lead and they went on to see out the valuable victory. The win moves them level on points with Sheffield Wednesday and keeps them five points ahead of in-form Ipswich Town.
Following the game, goalscorer Hardie was on hand to send his thanks to the fans for their support throughout.
— Ryan Hardie (@Ryanhardie9) March 7, 2023
The push for promotion…
Hardie’s penalty marked his 17th goal of the season in another strong campaign for the Scot. Be it as a starter or off the bench, the 25-year-old has been a real difference-maker for Steven Schumacher’s side and with five in his last eight League One games, it will be hoped Hardie can maintain this form over the final months of the season.
With Ipswich back on track and Wednesday looking imperious, Plymouth will need to be at the top of their game if they’re to make an automatic rise to the Championship.
Big wins like last night’s can go a long way in building up momentum, and after some tough results in recent weeks, the Pilgrims will be determined to kick on from here and nail down their place in the top two.