JUST two days after putting pen to paper on a loan deal with Argyle, borrowed Bournemouth midfielder Mark Molesley put in an all-action performance in his Pilgrims’ debut against Chesterfield.The 31-year-old played the whole 90 minutes in his first start since the end of last season, and his new, temporary gaffer – a man with not inconsiderable links to Dean Court himself – declared himself pleased with his newest arrival.
“He’s experienced and he has played in this league before,” he said.
“He showed some real good and energy and quality, keeping the ball and making forward runs. He’s obviously knackered at the end, but we’re really pleased to have him here.”
Molesley replaced Jamie Lowry, ending a run of six consecutive games for the Newquay-born midfielder, and denying him the opportunity of playing against the club that released him at the end of last season.
“Jamie was out for three months,” said Carl. “Since he’s come back, he’s had to play loads of games – because of injuries and suspension – and two of them have been with ten men.
“With Youngy’s shoulder and Wotts still not back yet, we needed to shore up that midfield and I’m glad to get Mark in.”
Attacker Alex MacDonald, after catching in eye in the defeat at Bradford in midweek, put in another industrious performance in the green and white.
Macca played just off front man Nick Chadwick for the bulk of this game, switching to play on the right flank after the introduction of substitutes Rhys Griffiths and Guy Madjo.
“He’s lively, he’s busy and gets around people,” said Carl, of Alex. “He likes to play there, and he’s been doing well for us out wide as well, as he has good delivery on his crosses.
“Wherever you play Macca, he always gives you 100%.”
The game against Chesterfield went ahead after a very wet week of weather in the west, but the Home Park pitch stood up well to the deluge, which continued during the game.
“You could pour the Atlantic Ocean on that pitch and it won’t affect it,” said Fletch, “It’s hard as nails and it’s got really good drainage.
“We’re really lucky. Sometimes, maybe during the summer, it’s too hard, but, for days like today, it was never an issue.”