ARGYLE’S 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley produced excellent displays from two players who only recently put pen to paper for the Greens.A single goal from Lewis Alessandra in the 42nd minute was enough to end Argyle’s run of seven games without a win, and the positive result was backed up by impressive performances all over the field – with two players in particular netting the praise of the boss.
Anthony O’Connor permanently re-joined the Pilgrims on deadline day of the January transfer window and picked up right where he left off against Stanley, turning in the sort of selfless showing that made him such a key component for Argyle in his initial loan spell.
“You could see that he has won tackles and headers,” said John, “and he is just that insurance, and I thought he was really steady.
“I left [Lee] Coxy out, who has done alright for me, but I just wanted a bit more of a goal threat, and I allowed Olly Lee and Bobby [Reid] to just try and get forward a bit. I just wanted people to try and disturb them from midfield a little bit.”
Whilst O’Connor caught the eye of many inside Home Park, it was Drew Talbot that picked up the man of the match award. The Chesterfield loanee adapted quickly to a relatively unknown position to him at left wing-back, getting the Greens out of trouble and quickly advancing them down the field on multiple occasions.
“I thought Drew Talbot was outstanding,” said Sheridan.
“I thought he did really well, possibly playing out of position, but I know he can play there. He just knows the game; he is very experienced at this level.”