In Good Hands

MATCH-WINNER and manager united in their praise for Luke McCormick after Argyle won 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers to move within three points of their hosts at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Sonny Bradley scored the game’s only goal early in the second half of a match in which the Pilgrims’ captain and custodian was outstanding and impassable, with one save from John Marquis especially breathtaking.

“We needed Luke today,” said Sonny. “I haven’t got enough to say about Luke – I could be here all day. His performance today was outstanding – a man of the match performance. It’s performances like that in a season which will get you promoted.

“I think it was Matty Blair who went past us and got the cross in. John Marquis is alive in the box and can sometimes pop up and it’s gone straight to his head, great contact, and Luke’s had to make an unbelievable save. We don’t know how he’s done it, but he has done it.

“It is a big performance, a big save, and a big three points which he’s probably got us today.”

Argyle manager Derek Adams was equally fulsome in his assessment of Luke.

“He made two very good saves at important times in the game – that’s what he’s there for and he was exceptional today,” he said.

“He’s the captain of the team and he’s a great presence for us. The two saves he made in the game for us were at important times. This was probably his busiest game this season.”

Sonny also believes that Luke has been major reason why Argyle sit on the cusp of promotion to League One with seven games of the campaign to play.

He said: “You can’t explain how much difference it makes – it really does – when you have got someone like Luke, full of experience. 

“He isn’t fazed by anything. He’s loud; you know he’s behind you. If a ball comes into the box and you hear ‘Luke’s ball’, you get out of the way because he will come and collect it every single time.

“In this division, especially, the ball gets lumped into the box a lot, and that’s what you need. Without him this season, we wouldn’t be in the position we are.”