Mac's Attack

ALEX MacDonald scored the first goal of his second Home Park spell to earn the Pilgrims a home point against Southend, but would gladly have sacrificed his moment in the sun for a victory.

Macca opened the scoring in the 50th minute after the Pilgrims had dominated former manager Paul Sturrock’s current side.

However, the Shrimpers swiftly equalised to claim a 1-1 draw, leaving Argyle’s loan signing from Burnley among the many frustrated that the Greens had not pressed home their first-half superiority.

“I feel as though we could have won the game,” said Alex, 22.

“It’s good to score a goal but the most important was to get the three points.

“We are a good team, a very good team. In the last few games, we have played better than the opposition and not come off with what we deserved.

“But we can’t keep saying that. We can’t keep saying that we are doing well and playing teams off the park, and not getting the result we want.

“We need to start putting the result with the performance.

“I thought we created chances. It’s when you’re not creating that you need to start worrying.

“Whenever you take the lead in a game, you look to see it out, but it didn’t happen today.

“When we went 1-0 up, we needed another, I think. We still gave everything and tried to go forward, tried hard to get that second goal.

“We need to see games out with a bit more guile. Hopefully, in time, that will come.”

Macca has been used chiefly in a wide-right midfield role since being brought back to Devon from Turf Moor, with a licence to rove.

“The manager has given me a bit of freedom to try and do what I can do,” he said.

“He’s told me to come in and get in the pockets. At times, it works. It’s about picking the right times to go in there and play.

“I’m enjoying playing there. My preferred position is up front, but I’ve got a bit of freedom to go do what I want to do and I’m enjoying it.”

Alex and his team-mates move on to Wycombe on Tuesday, before returning to Home Park next weekend to face AFC Wimbledon.

“It’s a good run of games for us now,” he said, “games we are looking to pick up maximum points from. The next few games are crucial and they are coming thick and fast, which is good for us.

“We’ve got another chance to chance to go and put it right, to try to get three points on Tuesday night.”