Branston return is a lift for Pilgrims
PLYMOUTH Argyle manager John Sheridan was pleased with the return of centre-back Guy Branston against Cheltenham Town.
Branston made his first appearance of the season after a calf injury at Whaddon Road on Saturday.
The 34-year-old had made his comeback from injury by playing for an hour in a behind-closed-doors game at Yeovil Town last Tuesday.
Sheridan said: "He has got a bit of a presence and he can talk for fun – we all know that don't we?
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"He does what he does well. He heads it and kicks it and I think he played really well. The results we have had made me throw him in and he didn't let himself down."
Asked whether it was a gamble to play Branston so soon after his recovery from injury, Sheridan replied: "Not really because we had lost two league games and not played well.
"With the (small) pitch and the way Cheltenham play I thought it was one where he could come in and play his normal game."
Sheridan was pleased with the new partnership of Branston and Trotman in central defence.
He said: "They are big, tall, strong and aggressive in the air. You won't get many better heading the ball.
"They are not (Mark) Lawrenson and (Alan) Hansen, but we are in League Two.
"It was the first time they had played together as a partnership and I thought they did really well."