Gaffer Happy With Classy Makasi

UNO might be the current card game of choice among the Argyle first-team but Moses Makasi won his hand of patience at Fleetwood.

The West Ham loanee scored after 16 minutes of his full EFL debut to set the Pilgrims on their way to a 1-1 draw that maintained their place in Sky Bet League One’s play-off places with ten matches of the season left to play. 

His first start came after five successive matches on the substitutes’ bench – and 14 minutes total game-time – following his January transfer-window move from the Hammers. 

“He has waited his time,” said Argyle manager Derek Adams. “That’s because the players who have played in his position have done well. He’s come in and has been able to score the goal that has got us a point. 

“It was nothing more we deserved at that moment in time in the game. We were pushing forward, full-backs on both sides causing Fleetwood problems because their wingers didn’t want to track back, and it allowed us to overload on the outsides.” 

Moses had known earlier in the week that he that he would be starting on Saturday following an injury suffered by Antoni Sarcevic.

“It is important that, when you make your debut for any club, you are given time to think about it,” said Derek. “We worked on it. 

“He can score left foot and right foot. He’s a talented individual. He’s only a youngster, but he can finish like that.” 

Argyle nearly extended their lead immediately after going ahead, when Oscar Threlkeld’s right-wing cross was met on then volley by Ruben Lameiras. 

Derek said: “It was a good bit of play from us, coming from one side out to the other side, and he was unlucky not to have connected better.” 

In the end, Argyle were obliged to settle for a point against a side manged by Derek’s predecessor John Sheridan when Paddy Madden equalised on the hour. The striker, who scored twice against the Pilgrims for Scunthorpe at Home Park earlier in the season, profited when defender Yann Songo’o failed to attack Ashley Hunter’s cross. 

Derek said: “Gary Sawyer shouted to Yann. Yann ducked and Madden got in behind him. That’s how it came about.”