Tom's Cruise

TOM Flanagan did not have to wait long for his Argyle debut, and John Sheridan believes the defender began his loan spell in impressive fashion against Southend United.

Flanagan joined the Greens on loan from MK Dons on Friday, and Sheridan opted to play the centre back straight away against the Shrimpers, despite not being able to train with the team before the game. 

Anthony O'Connor, who played in midfield at Southend, but is an accomplished central defender too, has now finished his loan spell with Argyle. Peter Hartley, typically a first choice in Argyle's three man defence, suffered a recurrence of a hip injury last week at York, and may be out for a month. Flanagan, then, joins the Pilgrims at an appropriate time. 

“He just joined up with the lads,” said John, on Tom. "He met us at the hotel last night.

"I have asked Karl Robinson about him before, but unfortunately he could not come because he was involved with the squad. I had to get cover because of the situation with Anthony, and Peter being out for a month, so I just thought we needed cover in that area."

Tom’s first appearance for the Pilgrims ended with a clean sheet, with the debutant looking assured and comfortable in possession during their 0-0 draw.

“I was very pleased with the way he played,” said Sheridan. “He was very calm and put in a good performance. 

“I have always liked him; he has been in and out of the team at MK Dons, and obviously we all know what good football MK Dons play. I knew that when he would come in he would be a good ball player, but he is a good size, too. 

“He plays on the left side but is good with both feet. I am very pleased with the way he came in and played in his first game.”