ARGYLE midfielder and Plymouth local Luke Young reached a milestone hundredth game in the green kit in Tuesday’s defeat of Wycombe Wanderers.Young, 21, described his hundredth game as a “massive honour and achievement." Growing up in Plymouth as an Argyle supporter he dreamed of playing in front of his hometown crowd and is proud of his accomplishment in the short just a three year period.
Recalling his debut game with the Pilgrims, a substitute appearance against Bournemouth in January 2011, Young said: “I only came on for about five or ten minutes. I think I tried a one/two in the box and then it just got away from me. It is always one to remember, I think. You never forget that. It was nice make an impression in front of the whole crowd.”
Luke has played for three different Argyle managers – all central midfielders. He takes each of the experiences with Peter Reid, Carl Fletcher, and John Sheridan as an inspiration. “It’s good to have managers that have the same experience as you,” he said. “You learn different things from all three of them. Then you take it on and become a better player for it.”
The perfect way to enhance Young’s recent achievement would be a successful run at the play-offs. The current hot streak sees the Pilgrims level with Southend United, occupying the last play-off spot as it stands.
Argyle have won four of their last five games, with the sole defeat in that period coming at Bristol Rovers last weekend. They were able to bounce back from that setback with a 1-0 win at Wycombe three days later, though.
“Everybody is buzzing around the club and the mood is great,” said Young. “We are in a better position than we what we were on Saturday in touching distance with Southend with a game in hand.
“I think after the Saturday’s defeat to Bristol Rovers everybody was obviously a little bit angry, we really wanted to get something from the game. We looked at is it as we only lost one game and it was nice to have a game come around so quickly on Tuesday night.
“You can just feel the club buzzing at the minute.”
Luke attributes Argyle’s positive recent run to the combination of youth and experience that the team has to offer. He said: “Everyone in the squad has a part to play and can do a job if need be. It’s a good balance for the team and everybody is starting to gel, I think, and that’s showing on the pitch.”