Green This Time

ARGYLE defensive lynchpin Neal Trotman wants both a repeat and a non-repeat of the previous game when Argyle faced Chesterfield.

In April last season, under former Chesterfield manager John Sheridan, the Pilgrims won 2-1 at the Proact Stadium, a result that earned them continued membership of the Football League.

While Neal would not mind a second-helping of that scoreline, he hopes for a rather better performance from his team-mates than the one he experienced seven months ago – when he was playing for Chesterfield.

“I remember that none of us played very well,” he said, “and that Plymouth played really well to beat us. I don’t want to talk too much about it – I just hope we get the same result.

“It will be weird going back, but I just want to go there and try to get the win for Plymouth.

“I think everybody is looking forward to it because Chesterfield are one of the so-called favourites in the league.”

The Argyle centre-back has followed John to Home Park, after initially signing him at the Proact Stadium in November 2011 and making him captain. Neal’s time in Derbyshire ran out last season after John was sacked and replaced by Paul Cook.

“The gaffer who I am with now was fine,” said Neal. “The new manager came in and changed a lot of things. I don’t like the way he treated a few players – me, as well – but I was professional about it and got on with it.

“I was playing towards the end but I didn’t really enjoy it, although the fans are great. I loved the fans. They were the plus side of it.”