Loan Stars

AFTER Argyle’s convincing 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town, John Sheridan gave special credit to two certain loan starlets.

One of the Pilgrims’ most comfortable victories of their Sky Bet League 2 season so far was put into motion on the 23rd minute as Reuben Reid smashed home a shot from the edge of the area that cannoned off the crossbar and past Robins’ shot-stopper Trevor Carson.

Peter Hartley doubled the Greens’ advantage at the end of a first half they dominated, with most of Argyle’s attacking prowess created by their two wing-backs, Kelvin Mellor and Andy Kellett – the latter picking up the man of the match award on his home debut.

A perfectly weighted through-ball from Bristol City loanee Bobby Reid allowed Lewis Alessandra to put the game beyond doubt in the 76th minute, and the manager confirmed the good news that the former's loan deal has been extended.

“He is going to stay, just for another month," said John. "That was Bristol City’s decision and I really appreciate them letting us have him.

“He is enjoying his football and you can see that. He is playing his part, and hopefully while he is here, he can continue to play the way he is and help us get some more results.

“I do not pick individuals out normally, but I thought [Kellett] and Kelvin were outstanding in our formation. Great energy, great legs, both excellent going forward, but they defended as well when they had to defend.

“It is obviously Andy’s first home game on loan, but he has got a lot of desire in his game. I had seen him play; Darren [Sheridan, chief scout] watched him and told me to take him – he has done okay and settled in well, along with Bobby, and it is good that loan players show that desire to help us and push on.”