Rock On, Thomas

MARVIN Morgan believes Nathan Thomas can be a Home Park star if he continues to work hard in training.

Marvin and Nathan were both on the scoresheet as Argyle claimed three important Sky Bet League 2 points from a 2-0 home victory over Hartlepool United.

Both players have had to wait for their opportunity to make an impact this season, with Nathan’s chance coming at the end of the first half of Saturday’s game, when top scorer Reuben Reid limped off.

“I’m so happy for him,” said Marvin, of Nathan. “There are players ahead of him. It’s not like the gaffer doesn’t want to play him – that he’s not playing because the gaffer doesn’t like him; he’s not playing because there are players ahead of him and are doing more. But it’s the same thing for me – when Rubes is on fire, I have to sit there and wait for my chance.

“I think now he’s taken his chance and the players who are injured are going to have to take a back seat, hopefully we do well and keep them out of the team. It’s a kind of cut-throat industry.”

Nathan, 19, has become something of a cult-hero with the Green Army and Marvin said: “There are a lot of jokes in the dressing-room, because he plays up to it. He loves it – he’s only young. But he’s got a bundle of ability. I hope this is a wake-up call for him.

“He knows he’s got ability – he’s not stupid – but work hard in training and he can go on from here. He’s got that sparkle and he’s got a great left foot. If he can work a bit harder, he’s going to be a star at this club.”