YOU would have been forgiven for being pessimistic about Argyle losing their two specialist left-backs to injury at the same time...
...but Ben Purrington and Gary Sawyer’s misfortune has been Oscar Threlkeld’s gain.
The former Bolton man has typically been seen by the Green Army as a central midfielder or right-back, but was asked to step into the breach left by Ben and Gary’s injuries.
No-one should have feared. Oscar’s performances, in a new position, have been outstanding, with his display against Newport County on Wednesday night, when Argyle beat Newport 1-0, particularly eyecatching.
Since the defensive line of Threlkeld, Sonny Bradley, Yann Songo’o and Gary Miller came together as a foursome, Argyle are yet to concede a goal in over 300 minutes of action.
Purrington, who himself has performed admirably in the left-back position since Sawyer was injured early in the campaign, was back in the Argyle squad at Newport, as an unused substitute.
“He was excellent,” said Argyle boss Derek Adams, of Threlkeld. “He is quick, strong in the tackle, and covers well with his good foot. He has played well for me in a variety of positions. I’m delighted to have him.
“When the ball is on the opposite side of the pitch you want your left-back to cover round, and he did that very well.
“Ben is progressing well. He has been out for about five weeks with his injury, and we are hopefully that he can keep progressing and get himself around the squad again.”