Berry makes most of proper preparation for Argyle's campaign
John Sheridan does not usually pick out individual players for praise. So the fact that the Plymouth Argyle manager has gone out of his way to commend the performances of defender Durrell Berry this season speaks volumes.
Sheridan believes Berry is the best one-on-one full-back in League Two and the 21-year-old is "very pleased" that the Pilgrims' boss has such confidence in him.
Berry said: "I had a good pre-season and have taken it into the games we have played so far. It's nice to get the praise.
"The first two League games we didn't get the results we wanted but, we did the business last Saturday [in a 3-1 win at Cheltenham Town] and got the three points. Hopefully, we can do the same again on Saturday [when Argyle play Rochdale at Home Park]."
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Sheridan sets high standards for his players as he tries to improve them, both individually and as a team.
"It's great to have a manager like that," Berry added. "Over the last couple of years, we haven't done as well as we should have with the players we have had here.
"He tries to get the best out of all the players, and I think that's the best for us."
Berry signed for Argyle in the summer of 2011 after being released by Aston Villa and has since gone on to make 72 first-team appearances. He attributed his strong start to the current campaign to getting a solid pre-season behind him.
Berry said: "I did a week of pre-season in both of the previous two years, which obviously had an effect on me.
"This year I have had a full pre-season and, hopefully, that will stand me in good stead."
Berry filled his usual right-back role for Argyle's first three games this term, including the Capital One Cup tie at Birmingham City. However, he was switched to left-back for the trip to Cheltenham last Saturday for tactical reasons.
Sheridan wanted Berry to deal with the threat of Cheltenham winger Jermaine McGlashan and he did that as Argyle came out on top in Gloucestershire.
Berry added: "To be honest, it was not too much of a difference playing there [at left-back].
"Sometimes the ball will be on your left foot, but I try to keep it on my right foot as much as possible and take it from there really.
"It was a comfortable performance last Saturday, but I think I was better in the other games I have played."
Argyle's win against Cheltenham came after they had lost their first couple of League Two fixtures – 1-0 away to Southend United and 2-0 at home to Fleetwood Town.
Berry said: "We know, as a team, we didn't perform in those games, but we stuck together and we got the points last Saturday.
"We have had another good week in training this week so, hopefully, we can get three points tomorrow and kick on from there.
"If we get the three points, I don't think it will have been a bad start to the season, to be fair."