Wallace gives credit for Moutaouakil response

Yassin Moutaouakil. Picture: Joe Pepler
Yassin Moutaouakil. Picture: Joe Pepler
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It was a Home Park tale of contrasting fortunes for Yassin Moutaouakil.

Although, Jed Wallace believes the Frenchman can emerge from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with plenty of credit.

Moutaouakil’s 21st-minute blunder gifted Conor Hourihane the opening goal for the Pilgrims in the televised fixture.

Miscontrolling the ball on his chest at the far post, it was the latest in a long line of costly Blues defensive errors this season.

Nonetheless, the former Charlton full-back responded by putting in the cross which led to Wallace’s equaliser 18 minutes later.

His last-ditch intervention at the far post also prevented Reuben Reid from netting in the second half.

The lows and highs of a footballer wrapped up neatly inside a 90-minute package.

But Wallace praised how Moutaouakil bounced back from his early set-back.

He said: ‘That happens, it is part of football.

‘We saw that with the Sully (John Sullivan) thing the other week.

‘It happens where I should get a cross in, or John Marquis should score, or Thery Racon should make a better pass.

‘It is part and parcel of football and as a team you don’t look into those mistakes.

‘I thought Yassin went on to have a good game.

‘He always gets forwards, we know he’s a fit boy and will get up and down for fun, so that is what you expect of him.

‘As a professional footballer, when the mistake is done, it is done so you have to carry on the same as the other boys.

‘It’s a 90-minute game and you can’t let these things get to you.

‘And that is what he did.

‘For instance, that tackle in the second half makes up for it there – he saves the game for us almost.’

Wallace himself was unhappy with his own performance in the opening stages at Plymouth.

Yet it was he who popped up to net a third goal in his last four matches to level in the 39th minute.

Meanwhile, Moutaouakil knuckled down to respond well to his error, not allowing it to impact on him.

In the end, the visitors were satisfied with a point as their encouraging response since the York loss continues to gather momentum.

Wallace added: ‘It was the same for me, for the first 30 minutes I was awful.

‘That also happened at Doncaster last year where I popped up and scored – and after thought I did alright and got a bit of confidence.

‘That’s just the way it is, you can’t play well every week. The minimal you can do is run around and give everything.

‘That is what everyone did on Saturday and got a point.

‘It was nearly there for the taking but we are more than happy with two wins and a draw in a week.’