Argyle keeper Cole delighted to play lead role after shoot-out
Goalkeeper Jake Cole relished playing his part on Tuesday in Plymouth Argyle's first penalty shoot-out triumph in 15 years.
The Pilgrims progressed into the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy when they beat Cheltenham Town 5-4 on spot-kicks at Whaddon Road.
Striker Marvin Morgan scored the winning penalty for Argyle after Cole saved the previous attempt from Cheltenham's Jason Taylor.
The pulsating tie had ended in a 3-3 draw, which set up the dramatic shoot-out. Rommy Boco, Lewis Alessandra, captain Conor Hourihane and debutant Jamie Reckord were all on target for Argyle before Morgan wrapped up the win.
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Cole said: "I look forward to penalties. If you can be a hero, then that's great."
It was the Pilgrims' first success in a shoot-out since an FA Cup first-round replay at Kidderminster Harriers on December 1, 1998. That game ended in a 0-0 draw after extra-time, before Argyle won 5-4 on spot-kicks.
Cole said: "I think our record in penalties over recent years hasn't been great, so it was nice to be part of a win and we are through to the next round."
All five of the Pilgrims' spot-kicks were converted with a good deal of confidence. "Our penalties were very well taken," Cole added.
"That's what we need to see – the ball being smashed in the net. Even if the 'keeper is getting a touch on it, he can't keep it out."