Mark & Macca

ARGYLE boss Carl Fletcher had some words of praise for on-loan midfielder Mark Molesley after his all-action display in the Pilgrims’ game with Oxford United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Oxford progressing after winning the resultant shoot-out 3-1. Molesley, though, was the standout player on the park, popping up all over the pitch and featuring in many of Argyle’s best moments.

He was replaced by Jamie Lowry with seven minutes remaining of the 90, noticeably tiring from his exploits. His manager was keen to stress that he was withdrawn due to fatigue, and not form.

“He got on the ball and was a driving force from midfield,” said Carl. “He was knackered at the end of the game; that’s only his second game in a year.

“He was cramping up and all sorts. I had to think of the game on Saturday. We had to make sure he didn’t pick up a little injury.

“It was a real Catch 22 – I didn’t want to take him off because he was doing well but you could see he was physically tiring and that’s when you get your injuries.”

The gaffer also had some pleasant parting words for another loanee.

Alex MacDonald, borrowed from Burnley for the second time, has become a popular figure at Home Park, but his loan deal ends this week, before Saturday’s fixture against York City.

MacDonald scored Argyle’s goal on the night, bending in a free-kick from wide on the left flank, which seemed to be intentional.

“I presume he was shooting,” said Fletch, “but I’m not sure! It’s his last game, so obviously we thank him for his efforts.”

Many Argyle fans would be delighted to see the attacker, who can play wide on the right or up front, return a for a further loan spell or on a permanent basis.

“We’ll see,” said Fletcher, coyly. “Hopefully. We’ll see what we can do in January.”