Welcome to Two, Too
20th February 2017
MATTY Kennedy is learning about Sky Bet League Two as quickly as League Two is learning about him.
Matty, 23, became the first Argyle player since near namesake Jamille Matt last season to score in three consecutive matches when he netted the 77th-minute leveller in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United.
Although Hartlepool’s fighting spirit might have surprised a few, on-loan Cardiff City winger Matty was not among them.
He said: “After the first game, I was like ‘how can Cambridge be that good like they were in the second half, and away down the table?’ That’s the way this league is; unpredictable. As a person, I’m trying to learn League Two.
“Against Hartlepool, you think ‘keep going, keep going, keep going’ but in the back of your head, it’s three points gone, so a point like that changes the whole atmosphere, the whole game. It’s another point on the board, so we can’t be too down about it.”
One more thing he has learnt is that Argyle’s legendary Green Army loves someone with his attitude and ability.
“I knew it was a big club but I never knew the fans got behind the club so hard,” he said. “Fair play to them. They have got good expectations, but they are a good set of fans. It’s a joy to play in front of them.
“I’ve got three goals and an assist in four games. My first game was just trying to get my fitness. Against Exeter, even though I got a goal and an assist, I was nowhere near what I can be. The last game and today, I have been picking it up. I am getting fitter and fitter every game.
Next up for the Pilgrims is another trip, this time to Luton, who are two places and eight points behind second-placed Argyle.
“We have to go there and do a good job,” said Matty. “It’s going to be hard, going away from home –they are a good team – but I think a win’s coming for us, so hopefully we can go there and get it done.”
No doubt the visit to Kenilworth Road will contribute to Matty’s League Two learning-curve. It has not all been a pleasant experience.
He said: “I get kicked all the time in League Two. I don’t know why – people just keep kicking me. The gaffer said I just need to deal with getting the kicks and it’ll make me hard.”