Argyle player ratings from the 2-1 defeat of Northampton

Plymouth Argyle secured a third League One win out of six games this season when they defeated Northampton Town 2-1 at Home Park, with their goals coming from striker Frank Nouble and on-loan Newcastle United defender Kell Watts. Here are the Plymouth Live ratings for each player:

Mike Cooper 7 – Starting to settle into the role of first choice ‘keeper. Made one tremendous reflex save from Michael Harriman’s close range volley shortly before Northampton equalised in the second half.

Will Aimson 6 – The defender had a couple of decent scoring chances following corners – one first half shot was bravely blocked, while in the second period he put the ball into the side netting after a George Cooper cross.

Niall Canavan 6 – Continues to show leadership qualities by organising those around him, not just in central defence but further up the pitch too.

Kell Watts 7 – His 86th minute winning goal was not an easy finish, coming at him in a flash, but he kept his composure and clinched maximum points for the Pilgrims. Put in a strong defensive display as well.

Tyrese Fornah 6 – With Northampton packing the central areas of the pitch with their 3-4-2-1 formation it was difficult for him to have much of an influence on the match from his defensive midfield role.

Byron Moore 7 – Played a lot as a striker last season but is now establishing himself in the team at right wing-back, where his attacking instincts do come in handy quite often.

Conor Grant 7 – Provided the assist for Frank Nouble’s 41st minute opening goal with a fine cross to the far post. Taken off at half-time, though, because of a leg injury.

Danny Mayor 8 – Earned praise after the game from Northampton boss Keith Curle, who said “I would pay money to watch him.” Mayor was limping heavily towards the end of the first half but came on strong towards the end of the match.

George Cooper 7 – Some of his crossing was not always up to his high standards but he still gave Argyle some excellent attacking impetus from his left wing-back position.

Frank Nouble 8 STAR MAN – Scored one goal with a fine finish shortly before half-time, could easily have netted twice more with headers in the second half, and a constant menace to the Northampton defence with his strength and hold-up play.

Luke Jephcott 6 – It was more a match suited for the physicality of Frank Nouble than Jephcott, with Argyle unable to find pockets of space for him to run into and create problems for Northampton.

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Substitutes

Ben Reeves 6 – A straight swap in central midfield for Conor Grant, who was replaced because of a leg injury.

Timmy Abraham – The 19-year-old striker made a brief debut for the Pilgrims after completing his loan move from Fulham on Friday as an 80th minute replacement for Luke Jephcott.

Jerome Opoku – Sent on in the 87th minute to take over the left wing-back role from George Cooper.

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