Loan Star

MUCH has been made of...

...the goalscoring form of Jason Banton since his arrival at Home Park, and it is indisputable that the on-loan Palace man’s goals have been vital in Argyle fight against the drop.

Another loan arrival, though, has been quietly impressing on Argyle’s left flank of late.

Joe Bryan has been borrowed from Bristol City and seems to have instantly clicked playing in front of Onismor Bhasera. The pair linked up numerous times to put Cheltenham Town to the sword on Saturday, including when Bhasera rifled a cross into Robins territory that deflected into the net, giving Argyle a two-goal lead that they would hold until the game’s conclusion. 

Bryan was named man of the match by the game’s sponsors in the 2-0 win, and few would argue after seeing his all-action display. His manager certainly approved. 

“I thought he was excellent,” said John Sheridan. “I think he does the basics and knows what his strengths are. He’s got energy and, in a tackle, he won’t back out of anything. He’s good in the air for his size. 

“He’s steady. Him and Baz are very strong down that side. They were today anyway, they kept [Jermaine] McGlashan very quiet, and he’s a big threat. Baz dominated him, and Joe was really effective going forward, as well.”

On the other flank was Andres Gurrieri, who also went about his business with quiet authority. This was another solid performance by the Argentinean, who offers the manager something he has craved for a long time. 

“The thing I had when I first came in is that we didn’t retain the ball in the opposition’s half," said John. "I said it a lot of times. It was our downfall. 

“If you don’t retain it, and don’t work hard to retain it in the opposition’s half, you’ll be on the back foot. 

“I was adjusting and trying to sort my team out. I had to come in and try to do things quickly, but I think Andres has played a big part in the results we’ve had of late, especially at home. 

"He’s got that bit of nous and takes care of it. He’s not frightened of taking that extra touch. He slows the game down because he’s confident he will keep control of the ball. That helps us.”