ARGYLE manager Carl Fletcher will take the good and the bad out of the Pilgrims’ 5-0 defeat by Birmingham City......and learn from both before the season starts when Portsmouth visit in the Capital One Cup next week.
Two goals each from Nathan Redmond and Peter Lovenkrands, either side of one by Chris Burke, gave the Championship side a comfortable victory in Argyle’s first pre-season match at Home Park.
“There were some good things which we did today, and there are some things we need to iron out for August 14,” said Fletch.
“It’s pre-season. There are no points at stake. That’s why you have these games – so you see what you need to see and people are told what they need to be told.
“There were some things we were pleased with and some we weren’t.
“We kept the ball quite well; we passed it; we were looking to get into certain areas; the work-rate that most of the lads put in was good.
“The disappointing thing from our point of view was that we kind of gifted Birmingham the goals. In any game you play, you want the opposition to work hard for the goals they get.
“It was step up in class for us, in opposition.
“They are in the Championship but most of their players wouldn’t look out of place in the Premier League so they have got that bit of quality.
“We learned a lot and got a lot from it, and we can move on to next week.”
Fletch was also pleased with the form of new signing, Argentinean winger Andres Gurrieri.
“You know what you are going to get from Andres,” he said. “He has got a little bit of quality. He looks after the football.
“Technically, he’s good and he worked his socks off for the team.”