Best of Banton

JASON Banton is slowly getting back to the form that thrilled the Green Army last season.

The Argyle forward created a major impact during his loan from Crystal Palace this time year, and is the first to admit he has yet to find his feet since signing on a permanent deal earlier this month.

However, he is not concerned, and believes it is only a matter of time before Home Park again sees the best of Banton.

“Obviously, I’m still lacking a bit of sharpness and match fitness,” he said, on the eve of the Pilgrims’ home Sky Bet League 2 match with Mansfield, “but, if you’ve watched all the games, gradually I’m getting there. I’m getting closer to getting my first goal and creating chances.

“It’s not there at the moment, I will admit that, and it’s taken a bit longer than I thought. But there’s no rushing it.”

Jason came to Home Park after spending the first half of the season with League 1 MK Dons and is relishing the chance of working with manager John Sheridan again.

“I didn’t play the whole of December, going into January,” he said, “and then I came straight into the team. Like I say, it’s slowly coming and hopefully it will happen this weekend.

“The main thing is to get my match fitness and sharpness back. I know that will happen. It’s just a case of playing week in, week out. Hopefully, working with John on my match fitness, I will be back, scoring goals.

“He’s got to be up there with a couple of managers that I’ve worked with that have brought the best out of me. I thank him for that.

“Put my goals and what-have-you aside, the main thing is to get us three points and push us up the table.”