Horses for Courses
QUALITY and versatility were once again attributes shown by Argyle, as Derek Adams shuffled his pack to record a 3-2 victory over Stevenage.
Adams made two changes to the side that lost to Northampton Town in midweek, as a more pacey setup was created with Gregg Wylde and Craig Tanner added to the line-up.
Both Pilgrims were stand-out performers throughout the afternoon, and both got themselves on the score-sheet after Carl McHugh needed just 129 seconds to open the scoring with a near-post header. Wylde got a header of his own after 17 minutes, followed by a cultured left-footed finish from Tanner 23 minutes later, fully justifying Derek’s decision to bring them back into the fold.
“I think that it comes with the games you’re going to play in this league,” said Adams. “In some games, you’re going to have to change personnel.
“It’s a different type of game from the other night, where we probably could’ve won with the team that we played with, because we were better than Northampton. Whoever wants to say that we weren’t: maybe look at the DVD.
On the subject of Wylde, Derek said: “He’s got a number of assists, as well, and I think it’s important you have that in the team. He brings excitement, he’s got quick pace; he’s direct as well, and that can help us in this league.”
Oscar Threlkeld and Ryan Brunt were the Greens to make way for Craig and Gregg, but both showed pure professionalism, as well as desire, when they were brought on as second-half substitutes to great effect, helping Argyle see out the victory.
“They’ve done terrific for us this season,” said Derek, “but the nature of football is it’s a different game, a different situation.
“We can’t look at every game the same. We’ve got to look at each game in isolation, and we have to pick teams that we feel can win a particular game. We haven’t got a big squad, but what we have got in the 18 bodies, we can change about a wee bit.”