The King's Suspended. Long Live The King
ARGYLE will again be without banned skipper Darren Purse when in-form Chesterfield visit Home Park on Saturday, but manager Carl Fletcher insists there is no discipline problem at Home Park.
Pursey sits out his second game of three after being red-carded at Fleetwood last weekend and is the third Pilgrim to be sidelined by suspension this season, following Durell Berry and Conor Hourihane.
Both players have received a one-game ban for picking up five yellow cards, while Conor was also suspended for a second time after his red card against Dorchester in the FA Cup.
There are conflicting interpretations of what appeared to happen between Darren and Fleetwood’s Jamie McGuire that resulted in Pursey’s dismissal, but Fletch is backing his skipper.
“We’ve got no video evidence, so we can’t see what actually happened,” he said.
“If Pursey says he didn’t do anything, then I’ll trust him. The referee gave a different account, but I’ll trust Pursey.
“Durrell got his yellow cards early on, just after the pre-season when he was maybe half a yard short and that culminated in a lot of challenges, and Conor, as a centre midfielder, is going to get a lot of challenges.
“We’ve had two sendings-off. So, in terms of discipline, we haven’t really got an issue.”
To underline his confidence in Conor, Fletch handed the young Irishman the captain’s armband in Pursey’s absence at Bradford on Tuesday.
“Conor understands the game; he knows what we want; and he always give 100 per cent,” said Fletch. “So it was no brainer.
“His professionalism and attitude, day in and day out, is something that a lot of players can learn from.”