RED Bull and an egg mayo sandwich.That was the unlikely pre-match meal that saw new Argyle signing Scott Griffiths through his Pilgrims debut at the end of the most hectic day of his career.
Scott, 26, joined the Pilgrims on loan from Peterborough on the morning of Argyle’s 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Aldershot. In Peterborough.
After signing the necessaries, Scott drove the 238 miles from Cambridgeshire to Home Park, arriving just in time to turn in a quality debut at left-back.
Let him tell the story.
“I got a ’phone call off [Peterborough Director of Football] Barry Fry about 9.30am, saying Plymouth were interested; I went in, about 10.15am; signed the papers; drove home as quick as I could; packed up everything I needed and was on my way.
“Five hours on the road. I didn’t get time for a proper pre-match meal –I had Red Bull and an egg mayonnaise sandwich – but I seemed to last the night, which I was happy with, considering I’ve played only two 90-minute reserve games since the start of the season.”
So was it worth the effort?
He said: “The feelings that have come buzzing back after winning a ‘proper’ game again are brilliant. Winning a reserve game is all very well, but you don’t get the buzz I got today.
“All the lads made me feel welcome, which helped, but it’s competitive football – you can’t beat it.”
Happy to be winning, but also happy just to be Argyle’s first-team plans after receiving the call from Carl Fletcher.
“It’s nice they thought of me,” he said. “I didn’t have the most productive season last season. It was nowhere near my best season. I had one or two little knocks in a couple of loan spells.
“Hopefully, I can get some more full 90 minutes in, and improve my fitness and my performances.”
He will have plenty of chances. There are six league and cup matches between now and the end of his loan period.
“I’ll take every single one,” said Scott. “As long as I stay injury-free, and if the gaffer is happy with me, I’m happy to start and finish every single one of them.
“It probably seems false, because I’ve only just come here, but I want to do well for the club, and try to do my bit for them as much as I can.
“They are a friendly bunch; enthusiastic. I’m impressed. They have got fire in their bellies, which is nice to see.
“I was disappointed with the way [Aldershot] scored but we came back well and showed good fight and good spirit.”
Londoner Scott will be on familiar territory at the weekend, hoping the Pilgrims can take their improved cup form into their next npower League 2 encounter.
He said: “On their day, if their fans get behind them, Barnet can be a hard team to beat.
“But just from what I’ve seen tonight, I have great faith in the boys.”