ARGYLE manager John Sheridan shouted the praises of veteran Pilgrim Paul Wotton after Argyle’s 1-0 Sky Bet League 2 defeat at Burton Albion.John introduced Wottsy as a half-time substitute at the Pirelli Stadium after a lacklustre first 45 minutes in which Albion midfielder Callum McFadzean scored the game’s only goal.
Although Argyle could not turn the game around, further denting their play-off ambitions after having picked up only one point from the previous two games, the reorganisation contributed to an improved second-half display.
John said: “I’ve said before, if we are going to go anywhere as a team, you want winners and people with an edge; unfortunately, we haven’t got many of them.
“I keep mentioning Wottsy and – he hasn’t done anything – he just talks. He’s shouting at the ref [about Burton’s] time-wasting. The first 11 don’t say ‘boo’ to a goose.”
The appearance was Wottsy’s 487th for his hometown club, meaning he just four games away from equalling Argyle legend Sammy Black’s total for the club which places him second on the all-time list of appearances.
“He’s an organiser,” said John, of the 36-year-old Wotton. “Unfortunately, he knows – and I’ve been there myself when I got older – your legs go and you can’t do everything you used to. But he’s an organiser.
“I saw us in the first half and I’ve not seen one person who is vocal. It’s a massive part of the game.”