KYLE Letheren was in the minority at Home Park on Saturday – choosing not to witness the penalty scored by team-mate Graham Carey that gave the Pilgrims a priceless 2-1 Sky Bet League One victory over play-off rivals Peterborough United.
The Argyle goalkeeper conceded early on his comeback after injury and being back-up to Remi Matthews – who was away with his wife and their new-born daughter – but watched from the other end as Ryan Taylor levelled Jack Marriott’s opener…
…then did not watch as Graham dispatched a late penalty, having missed three of his previous four spot-kicks and having had to endure some delaying tactics by opposition players that led to Steven Taylor’s sending-off.
Kyle said: “Ryan’s really been brilliant for us since he’s been back [from injury] and in training. He’s a great finisher and took his goal really well, and he handled the two centre-halves like he always does.
“And G…well – balls of steel at the end, there, especially when you’ve missed three. To come back and do that was brilliant, shows great composure.
“It’s never easy, especially when you’ve got that long to take the pen, your mind can wander. I never watch the pens, so I couldn’t tell you what side he put it, but great, great composure.
“It’s put us back in the play-offs and hopefully we can stay there now.
“There was really something on the game today – both of us wanting to get in the play-offs – and I think you could tell that with the commitment from both teams. And we came out on top.”
The last of Kyle’s previous six appearances for the Pilgrims this season – at Blackburn in October – left Argyle adrift at the foot of the table. With six games to play, they are now short odds to make the end-of-season play-offs.
He said: “It would be the story of my career, but we’re not there yet – we’ve still got a long way to go – and I fancy us, to be fair, the way we have been playing recently.
“We’ve got a few tough games coming up and if come out on the right side of them, then we have got every chance.”