Argyle winger Gurrieri makes light of wind and rain in bid to impress
The howling wind and driving rain is a far cry from what he is used to at home in Argentina, but, for Plymouth Argyle's Andres Gurrieri, it mattered little as he tried to catch the eye of watching manager John Sheridan in yesterday's reserve-team friendly at Exeter City's Cat and Fiddle training ground.
Following Argyle's 3-0 home reverse against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, places in the first XI may well be up for grabs. And there was no better way to stake a claim for inclusion for the League Two encounter at Scunthorpe United this weekend than by impressing against the Pilgrims' Devon rivals.
"The weather was not the best for a game, but I enjoyed it," Gurrieri said. "It was very windy, it's getting colder, but it was a good game. It is always nice to have a few minutes to get fitter and have some time with the ball.
"It is always a good opportunity to show to the manager that you are ready to get into the team. I was trying to do my best and do the right things, because you never know what the manager is thinking.
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"You have to be professional and not be sloppy because if you go out without the right attitude and the manager is looking, then he will see that," he added.
Gurrieri was one of a number of Argyle players to catch the eye in yesterday's 3-1 win. Sheridan was there to witness it, but it remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old winger did enough to warrant inclusion at Glanford Park this weekend.
"After a defeat, the manager is possibly thinking about changes. I don't know, but you have to be ready," the former Burton Albion player added.
"You never know what is coming, you just have to make sure you are ready for the game, so you should always go out and impress the manager.
"I thought we played very well and moved the ball. If we play like this with the right attitude, then I think any of us can be in the first team."
The Pilgrims head to Scunthorpe looking to get the League Two setback against Wycombe out of their system. If there was a positive to come out of that heavy loss, Gurrieri, who came on as a 73rd-minute substitute against the Chairboys, says that it has helped to refocus the players' minds in training.
"After a defeat like that, I think there is always a reaction. But we are always trying to do the right thing," he said.
"Even if we win, we don't go to training all relaxed because we have to try and improve. One win or two wins is not enough.
"We have to just work very hard to come back after the defeat we had last Saturday, do the right things and try to win. It's an away game and it will be a tough game, but we have to go there and try and get the points."
Looking ahead to the weekend, Gurrieri added: "I know nothing about Scunthorpe! I do know it is a long way from Plymouth and we will have a long, long journey!
"It is a good opportunity to forget what happened last weekend and recover and give the fans a good win. It was a tough defeat at home last week and hopefully we can put things right."
If Gurrieri is involved, then he will no doubt hope for better weather than at Exeter yesterday. "This is my third year in England, and I'm getting used to the weather! It is the same for both teams, but I enjoy it," he said.
"I struggled in the beginning to deal with the weather, but I'm starting to enjoy it more. I like it a little bit more, but I prefer to play in the sun!"