NATHAN Blissett has had to wait patiently for his opportunity to contribute to Argyle’s Sky Bet League Two promotion push but could not have timed his first Pilgrims’ goal any more sweetly.
The big man made a big impact at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night when he scored within two minutes of coming off the substitutes’ bench to earn Argyle a valuable point from a 1-1 draw.
“It was a great feeling,” said Nathan, who joined the Pilgrims from neighbours Torquay United in the January transfer-window.
“I’ve been itching to get some playing time and help the boys with the promotion push and that’s the best way I can, so I’m happy with the goal.
“I’ve had to bide my time. When I came here – I’ll be honest – I wasn’t fit for this level, and I’ve had to dig myself in, plant my feet, get a foundation and get myself into the team. Hopefully, the gaffer has seen what I can do now in a proper league game and hopefully I get a few more.”
Six-foot-plenty Nathan headed a corner from Jake Jervis over the head of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman to level Myles Weston’s 18th-minute opener, and was so intent on trying to help Argyle go for the victory that he did not wallow in the moment.
He said: “All I remember is Sonny [Bradley] saying ‘Get to the back post’ because he was having problems with a defender, so I was hung out a bit, saw the flight of the ball, and literally just got my head on it. To be fair, I thought it was going over, but it looped in.
“I just wanted to get back playing again. I didn’t even celebrate properly. I’ll think about it on the way back and enjoy it then. There’s still a lot of work to do. Really we should be coming here, trying to win games, but we’ll take the point and get going for Saturday.”
Nathan had watched from the bench as his team-mates allowed Wycombe to have the upper hand in the opening stages.
“I’m not sure what it is on Tuesday nights,” he said, “but we seem to start slowly and ease ourselves into the game a bit – at this level, you can’t do that.
“So we had to dust ourselves down at half-time, try to up the tempo and create something for ourselves. We did that in the end.”
The draw came three days after another good away result, a 2-0 victory at Mansfield, and left Argyle comfortably in second spot in League Two with nine games and seven weeks of the season left.
Nathan said: “It is a good return. We still feel we should be winning pretty much every game we play but we’ll take those four points – it adds to the tally.
“We are in a very good position. You’d take that at the start of the season. We’ll see what happens and hopefully, come May 6, we’re up there.”