Go, Durrell, Go Go Go!
BEFORE Saturday, Chuck Berry had scored as many goals for Argyle as Durrell Berry......despite the latter enjoying the distinct advantage of having played 96 more times for the Pilgrims than the former.
Five minutes into his 97th appearance, Durrell netted his debut senior goal for the Pilgrims, his only club, to set them on the way to a 5-0 home win over Morecambe.
It came from 15 yards when fellow wing-back Matt Parsons broke free on the left.
“Matty had a shot and I tried to follow it in,” said Durrell. “The ’keeper parried it straight in my path and I shouldn’t be missing from there. Hopefully, there’s more to come.
“The gaffer is telling us to play higher up the pitch, get in the box, basically I’ve just done that and, luckily, it fell to me.
“It’s been a long wait but, as long as we are getting the results, it doesn’t matter who’s scoring to be honest.”
The strike set in motion a first home win since New Year’s Day but, crucially, a fourth victory from the last five matches. That run has lifted Argyle to eight place in the Sky Bet League 2 table, with seventh-placed Southend, who occupy the last of the play-off positions, well in their sights.
“We’re two points behind now, with a game in hand,” said Durrell. “We just need to keep going. We’ve not done anything yet, so we need to keep getting the performances right and getting the results.
“All the boys in the dressing-room believe we can get in the play-offs. We are going to keep striving to get there. There is going to be someone coming out of the pack that is going to get in the play-offs; looking at the pack, there’s no reason why it can’t be us.
“Earlier on in the season, we weren’t scoring enough goals but now, obviously, the strikers are getting goals every game. We’re doing well now.
“Confidence is flying. Three wins in three; 11 goals; we have just got to keep going now and hopefully we can push for promotion.”
A feature of Argyle’s recent displays has been a willingness to keep going until the final whistle, whatever the score.
Durrell said: “We had a great pre-season; training goes great all the time. So we’re a strong team; we’re a fit team. The results have shown that.
“We work hard all week in training for the game. To be honest, I think the performances have been coming, as you can see in the last three games.
“[The win] is going to give us confidence because our home form hasn’t been the best this season. We have dropped too many points, too many draws. Away from home, we have probably been better.”