WITH three key loan players all not featuring in Argyle’s squad for their 1-0 defeat to Luton Town......John Sheridan knows that their absence played a part in the result, as he works hard to bring them back to the club.
Following Bobby Reid and Anthony O’Connor’s returns to parent clubs Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers last week, Andy Kellett was unable to play in the last game of his initial loan move to Home Park – having to watch on in the stands as an Andrew Drury goal in the 19th minute saw off the Pilgrims.
The boss is fully aware that an Argyle team without those players is almost certain to be a weaker one, but feels their replacements for the game performed well under the circumstances - especially left wing back Ben Purrington and new loan signing Olly Lee.
“It can have an effect on the players when Anthony and Bobby [go]. Andy was injured today and one or two others were injured, but that is not excuse,” said John.
“It gives an opportunity to one or two others who have not been playing. It is always difficult, but I thought Ben [Purrington] came in and did an excellent job.
“[Olly Lee] has come in from under-21 football, and he is a good passer. The first game is always difficult, and he travelled down last night.
“He only met the lads at half one and I threw him in – we were so short and I had to get a body in. I was hoping to have a striker today, but it did not materialise. I thought for his first game, he did okay.”
Kellett now returns to Bolton Wanderers, but Sheridan is confident he will able to secure his services after the youngster speaks to Wanderers manager Neil Lennon. Whilst ironing out those details, he will continue to talk to City and Rovers about their starlets, who continue to be overlooked in their club’s first team plans.
[Andy] is going to back to Bolton, but hopefully he will be coming back next week,” said John.
“I have had a chat, and he wants to stay. I think the club [Bolton] are happy to let him stay. He has got to go back to Bolton – he has not even met Neil Lennon yet.
“He is going back for a chat with Neil Lennon, but I am hoping he will be back by the middle of next week, for rest of the season.
“It is good news, and I have said before that I would like all of my loan players to stay, but I was just trying to concentrate on the team that I was putting out.
“Obviously Andy has been a massive player for us at home.”