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THE introduction of full-backs Robbie Williams and Durrell Berry at half-time of Argyle’s visit to Oxford proved to be a turning-point of the game.

Both players made their first appearance of the season and were influential in the Pilgrims’ much-improved second-half display, which ultimately fell short as Carl Fletcher’s men were beaten 2-1.

Robbie also weighed in with a goal as Argyle strove to overturn Oxford’s 2-0 half-time lead, after Dean Smalley took advantage of some disappointing defending to notch a four-minute double.

While Robbie has just been out of favour, Durrell has missed the start of the season with a knee injury.

“Willo and Durrell both did well when they came on,” said Fletch. “I was pleased to see their hunger and desire.

“We’ve been unfortunate with Durrell. He’s been back a couple of weeks but he’s not match fit and we’ve not been able to get him any reserve games or match fitness.

“He’d never have lasted a full game, so it’s ideal for us for him to get 45 minutes.

“Willo’s been really unlucky. He’s worked really hard in pre-season and there’s real tough competition for places. 

“He’s got his head down and worked hard and you can see today he’s got a real desire to get in the team.”