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Best in Class

26 February 2016

OSCAR Threlkeld is looking for Argyle to show their class in front of goal against Notts County, to back up their defensive solidity.

The Pilgrims return to Home Park this weekend following away draws against Crawley Town and Yeovil Town - the latter including an impressive showing from the on-loan Bolton Wanderers midfielder.

"They're fighting for their lives," Oscar said of Yeovil. "They were second-bottom of League 2 and they came out and gave it their all.

"In the first half we know we didn't do well, as it showed. But as soon as we got our bearings together at half time, we came out second half and showed our class.

"It was a good game - an exciting game to watch, and a good game to play in because we both wanted something from the game, so it was always an end-to-end game."

Whilst Oscar was pleased to see the Greens keep a clean sheet at Huish Park, only one goal was scored by Argyle during those two away trips, and he knows an upturn in form in front of goal is needed to maintain their place in Sky Bet League 2's promotion places.

"In the last game on Saturday against Crawley," said Threlkeld, "we took the game to them, and it's a shame we conceded that sort of goal in the last, dying minutes.

"We didn't want to take that to Yeovil, so it showed that we have the class to go forward, and we have the class to keep a clean sheet. Unfortunately we couldn't score but a clean sheet is a clean sheet, at the end of the day. We can take that into the next game at Notts County, and hopefully we can work on the third-play phases and get some goals."

The visiting Magpies are still looking to settle their season down after a change in management, and Threlkeld knows County's new boss better than most, having worked under him at youth level.

"I've known Jamie Fullarton for a long time," said Oscar. "He trained me for about two years in the under-21s at Bolton.

"He's more about positioning and trying to work through the middle, and if it's not through the middle it's through the sides. They're going to come out and press, but it's nothing really to worry about. As we know, we've got our own class, and we know that teams really worry about us more than we worry about them.

"In the back of our heads we know what we need to do, but first and foremost we need to do our best and entertain the crowd, and try and win as many games as we can."

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