Plymouth Argyle boss happy with new boy's contribution
MIDFIELDER Ross Jenkins had a debut to remember for Argyle in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
The Pilgrims were trailing 2-0 in the 72nd minute when the new loan signing from Watford cut the deficit with a terrific 20-yard shot.
His goal was followed by two late penalties from striker Warren Feeney as Argyle clinched their second win of their League Two campaign – and the first on their travels.
Manager Carl Fletcher was thrilled, but not surprised, with the contribution of 21-year-old Jenkins, who had signed on Friday.
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Fletcher told Herald Sport: "Ross has played 80 games for Watford in the Championship and you don't do that if you are no good.
"You could see he likes to tackle and likes to get on the ball. He's a proper midfielder. He has got a bit of everything and we are very lucky to have him."
Jenkins celebrated his Pilgrims debut with a goal after the ball was touched back to him by substitute Paris Cowan-Hall following a cross from Feeney.
Fletcher said: "We were in the ascendancy and just couldn't get that little break. We had a couple of people over in the box and, thankfully for us, Ross stuck it in the top corner."
Jenkins and Conor Hourihane, also aged 21, formed an immediate understanding in the centre of midfield.
The inclusion of Argyle's new recruit meant Luke Young dropped out of the side.
Fletcher said: "Youngy has been playing recently and he's still only 19 so we were fortunate to be able to take him out and give him a little breather.
"It was great for Ross and Conor to play well, but there were a lot of good performances."
Fletcher also picked out Andres Gurrieri for praise, after the Argentine winger was recalled to the starting line-up because of an injury to Onismor Bhasera.
Gurrieri played on the left of midfield but regularly drifted inside to receive and pass the ball.
Although he was substituted in the 62nd minute, and replaced by Cowan-Hall, Fletcher was pleased with Gurrieri.
Fletcher said: "Andres found some great pockets of space to get the ball. He always gives you an option, and that's vital when maybe things aren't going well.
"If you play in straight lines – sticking to your positions as you look at it on a piece of paper – then you are going to get marked easily.
"So it's important not to play in a straight line and you find little pockets of space. I thought our widemen did that well."
Cowan-Hall not only set up Jenkins for his goal, but was fouled by Morecambe defender Andy Parrish for the Pilgrims' second penalty.
Parrish tripped Cowan-Hall as the 21-year-old sped past him inside the 18-yard box.
Fletcher said: "Paris always creates something. He works hard for the team and has got blistering pace.
"You could see when he got one-on-one with the defender he knew what he needed to do.
"We want him to try to take people on. It was great he was positive with his play and, thankfully for us, we got the penalty."
Cowan-Hall was signed by Argyle from Surrey part-timers Woking in the summer.
He scored 17 goals for them last season as a striker, but his better performances for the Pilgrims have come in wide positions, as against Morecambe.
So, is Cowan-Hall a striker or a winger? "I think he can play either," said Fletcher.
"Before we got the first goal, we were looking maybe at pushing him more into a central role, but when we scored we settled with where we were.
"You know what you are going to get from Paris. He's going to work his socks off.
"He's going to try to head everything, he's going to try to tackle everything and he's going to try to do his best for the team. That's what we want."
Fletcher blamed 'individual mistakes' for Argyle finding themselves trailing 2-0.
Morecambe took the lead in only the fourth minute when striker Jack Redshaw dispossessed Pilgrims captain and centre-back Darren Purse before slotting home.
The Shrimps then grabbed their second goal in the 51st minute with a penalty from substitute Richard Brodie.
Referee Tony Harrington awarded the spot kick after Brodie burst between right-back Durrell Berry and Gurrieri.
Berry was booked and Brodie scored the penalty, but TV replays later showed no contact had been made.
Fletcher said: "We felt we dominated the game in the first half. In terms of general play, we were fully in control.
"We had a bit of a dodgy spell after they (Morecambe) got their second goal, but the lads stuck to their beliefs and stuck to their guns and we got the win."