Duo Dynamics

WITH Argyle boasting the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two, it is no surprise that defender Sonny Bradley was nominated for the division’s September Player of the Month.

It is maybe a touch more of a stretch of credulity that a centre-back pairing who do not speak the same language and who had not even met before July have been key to a back four that has kept five clean sheets and conceded just eight goals in the Pilgrims’ 11 league games. 

However, Sonny Bradley (born Kingston upon Hull, England) is delighted with the understanding that he has quickly formed with Nauris Bulvitis (born Riga, Latvia). 

“When you look at our last six games, maybe more, we have kept a lot of clean sheets and we have scored goals,” he said. “Nauris has chipped in with a few; I’ve scored one myself. Hopefully, as the season goes on, we will get better and better. 

“We’ve never played together in any team – I only met Nauris in pre-season – so it is a new partnership, but I think, when you settle into a partnership this well, you can certainly see a good future. 

“It’s a good partnership. We’re doing well. We’re getting on. We talk well. We have just got to keep it up. It’s going to be difficult. There are going to be times when one of us isn’t on our game – you have got admit that because I don’t think anyone has gone through a whole season when they are perfect for 46 games. 

“When one of us does drop a little bit, it is down to the other one to get behind him and make sure he is alright. I think me and Bully have got that sort of relationship at the moment, on and off the pitch; it’s just a case of keeping that up now and playing to the best of our abilities.” 

Sonny is set for a recall to the Argyle side that travels to Stevenage this weekend in pursuit of a 10th successive unbeaten League Two match after being rested for the midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat by Wimbledon at Kingston (upon Thames). 

There is, though, no room for complacency, by the team or by individuals.
He said: “I’m enjoying playing with Nauris at the minute, but I am fully aware that, if Nauris doesn’t play, we have got certainly got two very good centre-halves who can step in, in Karleigh [Osborne] and Yann [Songo’o].”