TYLER Harvey lived the dream at Home Park as Argyle eased to a 3-0 victory over Westcountry rivals Exeter City.The Plymouth teenager scored the Pilgrims’ opener in their first home Sky Bet League 2 game of the campaign after 14 minutes and laid on the second for Reuben Reid 22 minutes later.
Captain Curtis Nelson completed the comfortable win against in the final ten minutes, with 19-year-old year securing the man-of-the-match award.
“It’s what you dream of,” he said, of his goal, a searing 20-yard free-kick from the left angle of the Exeter penalty area.
“Once you cross the line, a game’s a game – you’ve got to win – but, coming from Plymouth, it was nice to score today. It was good.
“I enjoy free-kicks and [on Friday] in training, we practiced them and the gaffer gave them to me and trusted me. Hopefully, I’ve repaid him.”
While being able to celebrate in front of his fellow Plymothians was “probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done”, Tyler was not so pleased with his post-goal celebrations.
“I tried to do a knee slide,” he said, “hit the floor and did a complete front flip.”
The manner and margin of the victory – never mind who it was against – was important, although, after two defeats by the enemy from up the A38 last season made it sweeter.
“We dominated the first half, as everyone could see,” said Tyler, “and defended well in the second half: we kept a clean-sheet, scored another goal and got the points – that’s all that matters.
“We needed to get redemption from last year and we’ve done that.”
Tyler owed his place in the starting line-up to an injury to Lee Cox, and was given a forward midfield role which, he says, suited him down to the ground.
“I played a bit more advanced, just off the striker and just in front of the midfield,” he said. “I enjoy that position a lot; I think that’s probably me – in the hole.”
Part of his role was also to keep an eye on veteran City midfielder Matt Oakley and he said: “You could tell he’s been at the top. He gave me a bit of a run around, but, in the end, we got the job done.”
With a win under their belts, Argyle now face Stevenage, who visit Home Park for the first time ever, in midweek, with Tyler eager to realise team and personal ambitions.
“It’s nice that we’ve got a game on Tuesday night now,” he said. “We can’t dwell on this too much; we have got to get ready for Stevenage.
“Everyone in this league wants to get promoted and we’re no different.
“The aim was to keep myself in the team after today, and finger-crossed I’ve done that. I just want to start games. You train all through the week to play on Saturday, and get feelings like today.
“You can’t beat them.”