Plymouth director of football Neil Dewsnip was delighted with managerless Argyle’s comeback from 3-1 down to record a 3-3 Championship draw with Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham.
Despite being reduced to 10 men by the early second-half dismissal of Krystian Bielik, City raced into 3-1 lead thanks to goals by Jay Stansfield, Jordan James and Junino Bacuna, who set-up City’s two first-half goals.
Argyle skipper Joe Edwards’ late first-half goal made it 2-1 before Ben Waine netted ahead of Morgan Whittaker’s superb 86th-minute leveller.
Dewsnip said: “I really enjoyed the experience, am really proud of the players, the supporters – they are really fantastic – and really proud to lead the team.
“We came back from two goals down and nearly sneak it at the end. We conceded three goals so we know we have got a bit of work to do.
“At the start of the game, the first period was difficult for the players, they have had some week because they have lost a manager they think highly of.
“We said to the players at half-time ‘we are still in the game and we will start again and go from there’.
“Joe (Edwards) was strong leader in the dressing room, we supported them to put out that performance.
“We nearly got the winner. What a moment that would have been.
“We are going to win one eventually away from home so why not at Cardiff (on Boxing Day).”
Former boss Steven Schumacher left Plymouth to take charge of Stoke earlier this week but Dewsnip admitted he was not to right man to fill the vacancy on a full-time basis.
He added: “It feels a bit strange; but I am not going to be the next manager, we are looking for a manager and have started that process and will hopefully get someone very soon.”
Rooney took the positives from earning a point, saying: “We looked really dangerous. We go 2-0 up and a mistake before half-time lets them back in it.
“Then the red card just after half-time – which I don’t think is a red card – was a big moment in the game which makes it more difficult for us.
“The lads put a real shift in and we went 3-1 up. Under pressure we failed to see the game out. We are all disappointed in the end not to win but a positive is that we got something.
“I thought with the personnel of the players we had on the pitch for us to stay in the game, at 2-1, I felt we could be a threat on the break and we get the third goal from that. We just didn’t hold on that 3-1 lead for long enough.
“Then the crowd got behind them and it was a good finish from Morgan to make it 3-3. We were getting blocks in and defending the box well and limited Plymouth to shots from the edge of the box which we were OK with.
“Morgan is Plymouth’s most dangerous player and he only needed that half-opportunity and he gets the equaliser.
“We know Plymouth are a good team, they move the ball well, but we felt we would get opportunities at goal if we had a good shape about us in our attacking half.
“We felt we could cause them problems, which we did. The positive is that we didn’t lose the game.”