Back-to-back Banton

JASON Banton is hoping to help aid Argyle in their play-off bid - and is happy to be playing active part in it.

Banton has been unable to hold down a regular place in the side this season, but after a series of eye-catching substitute appearances a now fully fit Jason has been given a chance to impress. 

“I was missing training due to injuries," said Jason, "and I guess I never really had that in my career up until now. It’s got to happen sometimes, but I’m back in training now and I’ve managed to get myself back in the team.

“I feel I’ve had a consistent run of training sessions on a daily basis, and I’ve been able to do what I can do in training. The gaffer has been picking the team that he feels is suited to win the game at the time.

“Now I’m back fit and able to help with the final push."

Argyle are looking to help aid their play-off push this Saturday, when John Sheridan’s side take on Mansfield Town, knowing that a win could see Argyle move back into a play-off position.

When the sides met at the One Call Stadium earlier in the season, Argyle lost 1-0 to the Stags, but Banton believes that Argyle have an advantage this time.

“It wasn’t the result we were after when we played them away," said Jason, "but we focus on our strengths, as we know there aren’t that many teams that can beat us.

“There’s not many teams that have come here thinking they can do a job.

“We know the players in our dressing room can beat anyone on their day. As long as we stick to our game, and play to our strengths, we’ll be alright.

Banton is yet to score this season from 26 appearances - 14 as substitute - but says the stat does not concern him, as long as the goals are going in from somewhere. 

“As a forward player you always want to get on the score sheet," he said, "but I’ve put this season down to [the fact that] we can achieve something as a team.

“If it means me not scoring, and the likes of Reubes [R.Reid], Zak [Ansah] or Lewi [Alessandra] then as long as we get the points on the board, we’re achieving something.”