Strong Enough

THE return from injury and suspension of a handful of Pilgrims has stayed manager John Sheridan’s hand... consideration of further reinforcements for Argyle over the final third of the Sky Bet League 2 season.

Last Saturday’s bench in the 4-0 home defeat by York contained outfielders Durrell Berry, Marvin Morgan, Luke Young, Tyler Harvey, Nathan Thomas and Andres Gurrieri, all of who are pushing for promotion when the Pilgrims visit Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

“I think we’re settled for the last 16 games,” said John. “There might be one that comes in who I feel we might need, but, if everyone stays fit, I think we’re quite strong enough.

“I’ve probably got too many players now.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said it – the hardest part of my job is not picking lads. I’ve got lads like young Isaac Vassell and Jamie Richards, who train every day, who go over to the gym every afternoon, who need football. They never give you a problem; they train properly.”

Isaac and Vass were omitted from the squad for York, but included in a strong Pilgrims’ side that took on Torquay United in a private match at Home Park on Monday. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with Andres Gurrieri scoring the Argyle goal.

“I thought one or two needed some game-time and they had a good run-out,” said John. “Hopefully, by the time Saturday comes around, they will be a bit fitter and sharper, because training is totally different to playing – once you get in a match situation, you find out how quick it is.

“Obviously, there are one or two who want to play and who are pushing for a start.”