08 October 2019 21:50

Highly-rated Rangers youngster Zak Rudden grabbed the first goal of his Plymouth loan spell in the EFL trophy.

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Highly-rated Rangers youngster Zak Rudden grabbed the first goal of his Plymouth loan spell in the EFL trophy. The former Falkirk forward is well thought of by Steven Gerrard but struggled on the southwest coast of England with injury in the early stages. He joined Plymouth in August after picking up a knock on the first day of pre-season with Rangers that stopped the 19-year-old playing in part in friendlies against Oxford, Derby, Marseille and Blackburn. A move to join the Pilgrims came about with manager Ryan Lowe a good friend of Gerrard but injury problems persisted and he was sent back to Glasgow for treatment. He returned to Plymouth last week and grabbed his first goal for the club against Swindon Town.

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It was a goal that many have come accustomed to watching Rudden as he met a perfectly-weighted cross to head into the back of the net. Rudden impressed during his season at Falkirk despite the Bairns being relegated. He grabbed 12 goals in 31 games in the Championship and hit the headlines after a hilarious post-match interview where he claimed: "I'm just here to f***ing get goals". Adver Sport assess the performances of the Swindon Town players after their 3-0 defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle in the Leasing.com Trophy. Came for crosses well, but looked a little nervous throughout and had an unorthodox save technique at times.

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I don't think Luke McCormick will be unduly worried about his starting spot for the time being. Looks like a lost lamb most of the time. Put in a couple of wayward crosses going forward and did not look defensively sound at the other end as he was tormented by the experienced Gary Sawyer. Went about his duties with the expected desire and energy of someone who is starved of professional game time, but was unfortunate to be forced off through injury after getting a whack to the head in the first half. Often just did the basics well – e.g. put his foot through it when necessary – and his experience saved him on a couple of occasions, but like the rest, he will have better games.

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Not his best game again and was often caught out of position before being substituted thanks to an unfortunate injury early in the second half. Tried his best to get on the ball and make things happen, but was let down by a lack of support around him and often chose an optimistic pass instead of keeping it simple. For someone of his experience, he should be able to be good at keeping things simple and finding a man in red. Was recently criticised by the manager for not working hard enough, and did not show any signs of putting much effort in during this game either. Didn't get on the ball enough, however the lack of options going forward was startling.

Has too often been found drifting in and out of games following a good start in the league. One could make an argument for saying that he never really drifted into this game at all. Ineffective on the wing with few crosses reaching the box and looked even less of a threat up front. His touch left him a long time ago it would seem. No service meant no chances and no goal on his return. Scott Twine – 4 He still does not look ready for this level and could do with a loan spell away to bulk up and come back when he is physically ready. Put in another solid display, but could not do much as a left-back with his team already 2-0 down and going nowhere. RANGERS starlet Zak Rudden has bagged his first goal for Plymouth Argyle. The on-loan Gers striker has suffered an injury hit start to the season but has finally got off the mark for the south-coasters. 1 Rudden in action for Falkirk last season Credit: Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow The highly-rated former Falkirk man scored in a 3-0 away win for Argyle, as they beat Swindon comfortably in their Leasing.com Trophy tie. The 19-year-old joined Ryan Lowe's Pilgrims as he is a good friend of Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard. However, his disrupted start to the campaign meant that Rudden had to return to Glasgow for treatment. He netted an respectable 12 goals in 31 games for relegated Falkirk last season in the Championship. The winger joined Paul Heckingbottom's side on a season-long loan deal on August 13. Leasing.com Trophy Forest Green Rovers 0 Coventry City 0 A STUNNING goalkeeping masterclass from Bristol City loanee Joe Wollacott saw Forest Green pick up a bonus point in the leasing.com Trophy after a penalty shootout victory saw Mark Cooper's side maintain their place at the top of Group E. Earlier, both teams shared a point each in 90 minutes as Rovers more than matched a Coventry City side, who are flying high in League One. Rovers and City were clinical from the spot as shootout strikes rippled the back of the net. Matt Stevens, James Morton, Dom Bernard, Junior Mondal, Taylor Allen, Vaughn Covil, Nathan McGinley and Udoka Godwin-Malife were all on target with only Ebou Adams culpable from the penalty spot. Rovers were indebted to Wollacott, who repelled Kyle McFadzean's kick. Brimming with youthful exuberance, manager Mark Cooper handed former Southampton starlet Vaughn Covil, 16, his first-ever start. The fledgling winger was joined by Dan Jones, 17, another product of the Saints youth set-up, who took his place on the bench. Rovers suffered a blow inside two minutes - Dayle Grubb pulling up with a knee issue. Defender Liam Kitching took his place with Ebou Adams coming out of the back-three to beef-up the midfield. With Rovers and City making eight and 10 changes respectively, the first telling moment fell to the Sky Blues - Amadou Bakayoko failing to get enough on his header from a teasing Tennai Watson cross. Only a smart parry from Wollacott prevented Bakayoko opening his account on 17 minutes - the burly striker spinning Kitching and stinging the gloves of the quick-thinking loanee. Rovers suffered their second injury concern of the evening, captain Liam Shephard hobbling off to be replaced by Dom Bernard with only 18 minutes gone. Tempers frayed somewhat with Bakayoko and Kitching going toe-to-toe – Bakayako incurring a booking with 29 minutes on the clock. Three minutes later and only the sprawling hand of Ben Wilson denied Bernard who ran beyond Sam McCallum from a raking James Morton pass, which split the Coventry defence wide open. Rovers upped the ante – Covil watching his skidder gathered by Wilson as the scores remained at deadlock. The scampering Aaron Collins turned nicely inside, but couldn't muster the accurate strike his eye-catching approach play demanded. City started brightly but only the acrobatic skills of Bakayoko denied Wollacott from the get-go of the second half. Wollacott was on his mettle again – denying Gervane Kastaneer with a save of cat-like proportions. Adams, full of lung-busting intent, skipped beyond two trailing City markers with Incredible Hulk like power, but Kyle McFadzean ended his dash, picking up a booking in the process. Moments later Adams and Kastaneer traded insults with the Coventry man receiving a booking for his part. Coventry were turning the screw – Kastaneer fizzing into the side netting as the tie approached the final eight minutes. With both Forest Green: (3-4-1-2) Wollacott; McGinley, Adams, Godwin-Malife; Morton, Grubb (Kitching 4), Shephard (Bernard 19), Mondal; Covil; Collins (Stevens 61), Allen Star Man: Joe Wollacott

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