ARGYLE return home for their first of their two Home Park pre-season friendlies this weekend, with manager John Sheridan intent on making the Theatre of Greens an attacking arena.Sky Bet League 1 Milton Keynes Dons provide the friendly opposition on Sunday as Argyle step up a considerable gear after successively progressive games against non-league Elburton, Tiverton and Bath.
John expects a severe test of his team’s credentials, but is not going to be deterred from an up-and-at-’em philosophy.
He said: “We’re going to try to attack teams this season – I can clearly say that.
“Whoever I play, we are going to be attack-minded; at the same time, we need to be strong and resolute and make it difficult for the opposition.”
Two players who could both benefit from and contribute to that outlook will be keen to impress this weekend.
Rommy Boco has been at Home Park only since Thursday, while out-of-contract Warren Feeney is eager to earn another Home Park deal.
“[Warren]’s worked his socks off,” said John. “I’ll have a look at him. He’ll be involved in the MK Dons game and then I’ll make a decision.
“[Rommy]’s going to be behind a little bit, but he’s got straight into things. He played a lot of games last season so I think the rest will have done him more good, than anything else.
“I’m confident he’ll score goals – he’s proved that at Accrington. He’s a similar player to Jason: he plays off the cuff; he’s exciting; he’ll get players involved.”
Although John is focused on taking the game to the opposition, his approach is going to be on the pragmatic side of gung-ho.
“I know MK Dons will move us around and play football, and cause us lots of problems,” he said.
“If we make the mistakes that we’ve made in one or two of the [pre-season] games – which I expected; we haven’t played for a while – we will get punished. We need to get them out of our game.
“It’s about getting ready for the first [league] game. We’ve been working on one or two things, defensively and attacking, and hopefully we’ll look a little bit more solid.
“We have got to get in the habit of wanting to go about and win every game, and that’s what we‘ll do.”