Keeping Young Feet On The Ground

THE accent was firmly on youth when Argyle manager Carl Fletcher faced the Press ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wycombe...

...for the Pilgrims’ last game of an often tense, and never far from dramatic, 2012.

The cause of the concentration on Argyle’s green shoots was the impact made by teenage apprentice Tyler Harvey in Boxing Day’s Devon derby against Torquay United.

The teenage Plymothian forward rounded off an impressive full senior debut by scoring a last-gasp equaliser to maintain the Pilgrims’ unbeaten record against fellow Devon teams this season.

Naturally, Fletch was keen to keep a lid on the hype which has, equally naturally, blown up around the latest product to roll off the Green’s youth-team production line.

“He’s still only 17 - let’s not carried away,” said Fletch. “He’s come in and done well in his first game.

“We’ll look after him. We’ve got good, experienced, lads in the changing-room who keep his feet on the ground and will help him along.

“We knew he would make an impact, with his enthusiasm and work-rate, and, obviously, with his quality on the ball.

“He’s been a regular scorer for the youth team, so we had no doubts he’ll get chances and score. Which he did.

“He epitomised the whole team’s performance. It was great that he came in and did well, but a lot of guys out there did well.”