THE value of the squad was much in evidence as Argyle beat Newport County 4-1 in their first Checkatrade Trophy group game.
Argyle manager Derek Adams made seven changes to the side that had beaten Blackpool 1-0 four days earlier at Bloomfield Road, and introduced two players from the substitutes’ bench that had not even been part of the match-day squad in Lancashire.
One of those was young third-choice goalkeeper Marc McCallum, who became the 13th Pilgrims’ debutant this season.
“I’m all about team spirit and looking to get a good squad together,” said Derek, after goals from Jordan Slew, Jake Jervis, Nauris Bulvitis and Craig Tanner accounted for their Welsh visitors.
“He has been up and down the country in the last couple of weeks and it was a wee bit of reward for him to come on in the last ten minutes and sample the atmosphere at Home Park and make his debut
“It is important that we recognise everybody in the squad.
“The players are in confident mood. We have shown tonight what a good squad we have by changing it. Last season, I wasn’t able to do that; this season, I am.
“That’s something that I relish. I think it is important we have competition for places and the ones that are in the jersey will have been sitting on the bench tonight thinking ‘I need to up my game’.’”