Sudden Impact

KNOCKS and injuries played a big role in Argyle’s 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers, and Derek Adams has commended his substitutes for the immediate impact they made when called upon.

Before Jake Jervis and Ellis Harrison netted to ensure the score-draw at Home Park, Carl McHugh was substituted after picking up an injury that may side-line the Irishman for a number of games. 

“It’s a bad one; it looks like he’ll be out a wee while,” said Derek. 

“I think when he went up for the ball, he has maybe pulled his hamstring. We’ll see this week what the diagnosis is.”

Lee Cox replaced McHugh, joining Gregg Wylde and Ryan Brunt as substitutes who made a positive contribution to game after coming on – something the boss believes is key to his side’s performance in fixtures. 

“It’s good that we have substitutes who can make an impact,” said Derek. "Over the 90 minutes it’s a team performance, and I’m happy with the team. 

“We’ve got competition along the centre forward line and in the wide areas, so it’s all well and good.” 

When asked about Cox, Adams said: “You’ve always got to be ready, and he got an early opportunity today. He’s an experienced player, and he’s fitted in well to the system.” 

As for Wylde, who set up Argyle’s goal in the 85th minute, Derek said. “Gregg’s been fantastic since he’s come here. He’s scored a couple of goals and set up numerous chances. He’s another one that can make an impact off the bench.” 

Luke McCormick picked up an ailment of his own during the penalty incident that led to Rovers’ equaliser, but after plenty of treatment on the field, McCormick stayed on and produced an outstanding save from another Harrison effort to keep the scores level.

“It’s a fantastic save,” said Derek. “He’s a great goalkeeper, one of the best in the league, and he’s shown that today.”