Seeing a Spark

JASON Banton’s cameo performance in Argyle’s 1-0 loss to Stevenage so nearly made the outcome a very different one, with an exciting display that impressed his manager.

In an intriguing midweek fixture that saw two Sky Bet League 2 promotion contenders exchange momentum and chances, Banton was brought on by Sheridan in the 65th minute to help swing the game back in the Pilgrims’ favour. 

Playing in a forward role alongside Lewis Alessandra, the two linked up on several occasions, with Banton seeing plenty of the ball and taking on defenders before forcing a number of saves from Stevenage keeper Chris Day.

Jason could only watch on as the hosts snatched all three points in the 90th minute winner from Bruno Andrade, but Sheridan did not lose sight of Banton’s impressive showing.

“I thought Jason came on and gave us a bit of a lift and some sharpness,” said John, “and we were unfortunate not to score a goal ourselves.

“I’m pleased for him. I thought that with his pace he was just getting in behind a bit more than Brunty was.

“He came on and showed me that he was trying to get involved and trying to affect the game. That’s what I wanted him to do.

“He gave us a bit of a spark when he came on and I’m pleased he did okay, but it’s about the result at the end of the day, and we haven’t got the result we wanted.”