Game Management

CRAIG Tanner has had to be patient for his chance to contribute for Argyle in recent weeks, but he took full advantage of being named in the starting line-up for the Greens’ 1-1 draw with Luton Town.

Tanner starred in a slightly shifted line-up against the Hatters, as four attacking midfielders were named at Kenilworth Road – the scene of one of Craig’s finest performances for Argyle last season. The forward was on form once more, converting a Graham Carey cross in the 25th minute to nullify Danny Hylton’s early goal and earn the Pilgrims a valuable point.

Craig was substituted in the second half, along with Matty Kennedy, as Argyle looked to keep their shape late on, but the Reading loanee has no qualms about being replaced, nor having to bide his time for a starting opportunities in 2017.

“It got to 60 [minutes] and that’s when you’ve got to realise that maybe a point is a better result than keeping me and Matty on – more attacking players – and maybe costing us,” said Tanner. 

“I think that’s a credit to us: seeing out the game with our game management. It’s a team game. We all dug in and I think that showed. 

“You’ve got be patient. It’s a long season and it’s a team game. I’ve just been doing my extra work on and off the pitch and just waiting for my opportunity. I’ve been patient and fortunately I’ve managed to get a goal.

“We’ve got a great squad full of great players, so it’s just down to me to work hard and when I do get my chance, I’ve just got to take it. I’ll remain patient, be a squad player and see what happens.”

That impressive depth is currently being pushed to its limits, as the Pilgrims work through a congested period of fixtures. Argyle now have three home games in space of eight days, and Craig expects the Green Army to once again be in full voice and galvanizing the Greens.

“We’ve got three home games now. The Green Army should get behind us so we’ll see what we can do,” said Tanner.

When asked about the support showed by over 1,000 Argyle fans at Kenilworth Road, Craig said: “Unbelievable support. It does make a real difference, when you’re playing and you’re hanging on in the last ten minutes. 

“When they’re cheering you on, it’s a twelfth man.”