For The Shirt

DREW Talbot has to look no further than the Argyle substitutes’ bench for his motivation on a Saturday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Pilgrims wing-back has started all seven of Argyle’s Sky Bet League 2 matches since his arrival at Home Park on loan from League 1 Chesterfield in January, having replaced Kelvin Mellor in the defensive ranks.

However, Drew is a great admirer of the man whose boots he is currently filling and knows as well as the Green Army of what Kelvin is capable when he is on song.

Drew said: “I am having to play consistently as best as I can because I know that, if I’m not, nobody is indispensable and the gaffer will pull me put and put Kelvin back in. I think he’ll be looking at that.

“I’m lucky to have got in the team – Kelvin is a great player and it’s up to me to be on the ball to keep him out of the team. Before I came, I watched him a couple of times on TV and was quite impressed with him. Some of the lads have mentioned he had an injury and it probably slowed him down a little bit, so maybe the gaffer thought it was right to change it.”

On the subject of injuries, Drew is as hopeful as anyone that 17-goal striker Reuben Reid will be fit for when Northampton visit Home Park this Saturday for a game, the result of which will have a big bearing on the top half of the League 2 table.

Reuben has been absent with a foot problem from Argyle’s defeats by promotion rivals Bury and Stevenage matches since scoring a historic hat-trick in the 3-1 win at Exeter.

“I think you miss him,” said Drew. “Whether it’s just his presence or his goals, he has an effect on other teams. You always look at teams and identify their threats and Reuben, for us, is that threat, whether it be scoring goals or creating something for Lewi.

“The sooner he gets back in the team, the better for us.”