Handy Andy

WITH the loan spell of Alex MacDonald ending, there was a vacancy in the Plymouth Argyle starting line up to fill the space known colloquially in football as ‘The Hole’.

Several times this season Argyle boss Carl Fletcher has turned to Argentinean midfielder Andres Gurrieri to fill that position, although lately the 23-year-old has been plying his trade on one of the flanks. Against York, Andres was back in the hole, playing just behind lone striker Rhys Griffiths, and putting in a star performance in doing so.

The visitors struggled to cope with Gurrieri’s movement and footwork, and the gaffer declared himself pleased with the performance of Argyle’s number 27.

Fletch said: “I like him wide as well, because he comes in off the line and is very difficult to defend, but just off the striker in the little hole is where he is dangerous. He has a knack of picking up loose balls and he has great energy.

“He’s still young. People don’t realise that. He always wants to do well.

“Him in that position is a big bonus to us. It’s a difficult position for some people to play, because you’ve got to be defensive minded at times, have a willingness to run forward, and to sacrifice your own game at times. He does it well.

“He picks his moments well of when he can run in behind or drop short. He’s not going to get it right every time, but his willingness to do it is a bonus.”