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ANTHONY O’Connor has paid tribute to the unsung heroes that have played their part in resurgent Argyle’s climb up the Sky Bet League 2 table.

The on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender acknowledged the role played by those behind the scenes after Lewi Alessandra’s 15th-minute winner in the 1-0 victory over Carlisle United earned the Pilgrims a fourth successive win for the first time in six seasons.

“It shows the effort that everyone is putting in on the training-ground,” said Anthony. “Credit to everyone. Credit to the staff: the gaffer [John Sheridan]; Macca [Sean McCarthy]; Wottsy [Paul Wotton], who is working with the back four every day; credit to everyone at the club – it’s a great family club. As I said before in previous interviews, this club shouldn’t be in this league – in my eyes, it’s a Championship club. 

“Things are going well. All the lads are getting on with each other. It’s a new group that came in at the start of the season and we’re starting to gel really well. The lads get on really well in training and I think that’s starting to show on the pitch.” 

The 21-year-old Irishman also paid tribute to his personal supporters. 

“A big part of what I’m able to do is because of my family behind me,” he said. “I’ve got a mum and dad who are very supportive of me; I’ve got a girlfriend at home who is minding my son all the time; if she wasn’t there to mind him, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do and concentrate on my football. 

“I can’t admire them enough. It is because of them that I can do what I do on the pitch.”