Oscar's Appreciation

OSCAR Threlkeld says that Argyle's 4-2 victory over Stevenage was a good game to play in, and that it was important that the Pilgrims focused on beating Boro.

Oscar and his team mates would have been forgiven for being distracted by the Liverpool game on Wednesday, but Argyle pulled through to beat Stevenage 4-2 with Argyle's goals coming from Jake Jervis, Jordan Slew, Arnold Garita and David Goodwillie.

"It was good to play in," said Oscar. "The first half we didn't really get out of the traps. We conceded two very sloppy goals - one included myself. Second half we came out and we started playing football on the deck and we had more chances in the second half.

"It's different with fans; they can brag about playing Liverpool. The players know it's more important today in the league then it is to play against Liverpool on Wednesday. We have done our job at Anfield and now our focus is onto the replay on Wednesday. 

"We had a task on today and we have certainly done it."

Oscar was quick to complement his team mates, and praised Connor Smith, who was Argyle's only change to the starting eleven against Stevenage.

"The boys were really good," said Oscar. "I thought Connor Smith was really good at breaking up play in the middle of the pitch but it is sad to see him having to come off. It was a brave tackle for setting up the fourth goal. We have been working on that in training, the strikers were on their game through training and it just shows on the pitch.

Oscar moved to right-back from central-midfield against Stevenage, a position he has proved his is competent in over his time at Home Park. He praised Argyle wingers Jervis and Slew, saying that he is aware of their abilities from playing against them in training.

"I have to face them through training so I know how they [opposition full backs] feel after they come of the pitch after 90 minutes. They both have got so much speed and trickery and the cross and the end product is good and they both can score.

"I don't know about heading though," joked Oscar. "I don't think they have got any headers."

Stevenage's second goal was a long range free kick that beat Luke McCormick in the Argyle goal but Oscar was quick to take the blame for the goal and laud praise on Argyle's 'keeper.

"Luke has been on form for the last few weeks," said Oscar. "Without him in the sticks we would have probably gone down or been level. He is an experienced goalkeeper. People might think for the second one it was his fault but I take full credit for it. I should have just hit it up the line instead of trying to play on the deck leading to the free kick."