One Of Many

“IT’S nice, but it’s something I’m not too bothered about, really” is how Carl McHugh described his October nomination for the Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month accolade.

After featuring in Argyle’s unbeaten October run, Carl was praised by the Football League for his efforts, but the Irish centre-back believes success is a team effort.

He said: “I think anybody who played for us in October could have got it really, because we had a lot of really good performances: Luke [McCormick], Peter [Hartley] and Nelse [Curtis Nelson], just to name three, were brilliant, as well.

“I’m more worried about winning games, really. It’s a team game and a combined effort, so we just got to keep that mentality. We’ve got a really strong team spirit, and we’re going to need that towards the end of the season as we all go through sticky spells as well.”

With Argyle looking to play three games in seven days, John Sheridan’s side has a congested fixture period coming up.

However, Carl has played down the fact that it is going to be a busy period, and is looking forward to playing in the three different competitions in which the Pilgrims are still competing: Fylde at home in the FA Cup this weekend; Coventry City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the Ricoh in midweek; and the Home Park Armed Services Day league game against Portsmouth next Saturday.

“It’ll be brilliant, on the Wednesday night, to go to a great ground like that,” said Carl, “and it will be a massive atmosphere coming back here on Saturday, so we’re all really looking forward to it.

“It’s great to be involved in all these competitions and pushing well in the league. We want to really get going from now to Christmas and then to stay in that pack at the top of the league.

“We’ve had a good month with October; we just need to kick on in the cup games and carry on the good run, keep the form going.”