ARGYLE have a double reason to beat Welling United at Home Park next weekend.The first is progress into the third round of the FA Cup, and to keep alive the dream of a big club and a big payday in the New Year.
The second is to start another unbeaten run after their previous eight-game streak without defeat was brought to an end by Burton Albion. Adam McGurk’s first-half goal in the Brewers’ 1-0 Sky Bet League 2 win also closed off a six-match unbeaten home sequence.
However, Pilgrims’ manager John Sheridan is happy that a repeat performance against the Skrill Conference side will not see a repeat result.
“If we take that performance to the Welling game, they'll have a very difficult afternoon,” he said.
“Everyone expects us to win because they're a non-league team, but they'll bring a lot of fans and make a day of it, so we have to make sure we play well and get through.”
John was pleased with the way his players took the game to Burton, led by rejuvenated forward Reuben Reid.
“You can see a difference in him,” said John. “That's what he's got in his locker, so that's what I expect of him.
“But I think Andres [Gurrieri] gave us that as well, and a couple of other players did, too. We just didn't get that break or that little bit of luck. [Burton] made some great blocks, and we haven't hit the target when we should've done.”
Argyle may have to take on Welling without winger Tope Obadeyi, who limped off early against Burton.
“I'm not sure how severe it is,” said John in the immediate aftermath of the game, “but it is a hamstring injury.
“When we first got him, I thought we had on a player on our hands who is too good for this division - he's got a great attitude. I'll look after him as best I can.
Also a doubt is full-back Durrell Berry, who missed the Burton game. Fortunately, Jamie Reckord has recovered from a virus and slotted into the left-back position.
“Jamie has been out ill for a couple of weeks, and he hasn't trained much,” said John. “Whoever plays at left-back, I expect them to do a good job. I thought he played alright. He's an excellent player.”