Holmes Away From Home
13th March 2015
WING-BACK Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is looking forward to his return to the Kassam Stadium, hoping to boost Argyle's play-off push.
Holmes-Dennis joined Argyle at the beginning of February and has started the last six games, four of which have resulted in victory. Tareiq is on-loan from Charlton Athletic, but his first taste of professional football for came earlier this season whilst on loan at Oxford United, where he played 17 times.
"I've played quite a few games there, so I know what the pitch is like and the stadium so it won't feel to different," Tareiq said. "The stadium is nice, it's a good stadium. When I was there, there was more than 7,000 at most games, so the attendance is good. It should be a good atmosphere and an enjoyable game.
"It'll be a bit strange; obviously I was used to being on their team and playing with a lot of their players. The team has changed a lot at Oxford - that's part and parcel of football.
"We definitely shouldn't under estimate them. When I was there, there was a lot of games we dominated but didn't really get the result we deserved, so we definitely shouldn't under estimate them, their a good team."
"It will be a good game, because we're a good team getting good results. We came off the run of two defeats and got a win on Saturday so hopefully we can keep the momentum going."
Holmes-Dennis is savouring his loan spell at Argyle, having signed a day after Argyle missed out on Andy Kellett, who instead joined Manchester United.
After Kellett slipped through the net, manager John Sheridan turned his attention to Holmes-Dennis, who he been impressed by when Oxford played at Home Park.
"Knowing people take in how you play against them, it feels good because obviously you've done something right and they've taken your performance into account. You never know who's watching, so you've always got to play to the top of your game. It was nice to be called in like that.
"I'm enjoying it, everyone's positive here, they want to play the right football, and we have a good team, good players, solid defence. I've got people here that are talking to me and helping me which is making it easier, because obviously I'm a younger player."
Anthony O'Connor scored his first goal for Argyle last week against Northampton - could Tareiq be the next to follow, fittingly against his old side?
"I haven't scored this season," he said, "but I've had a few shots, so hopefully. I'm looking to score soon, I need to get a goal."