Cole taking nothing for granted in battle for number one shirt
Jake Cole is not about to relax after winning the fight to be Plymouth Argyle’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Cole knows he must stay on top form otherwise Luke McCormick will be ready to take over between the posts.
Manager John Sheridan has declared he has a lot of confidence in Cole and McCormick, who re-signed for the Pilgrims this summer after five years away from Home Park.
But, after the two shot-stoppers shared playing time in pre-season and each started one of the first two matches of the competitive campaign, Sheridan has gone with Cole as his first choice.
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Cole was picked by Sheridan for Argyle’s 2-0 defeat by Fleetwood Town in League Two at Home Park on Saturday.
Both of the goals he conceded came in the opening 12 minutes of the game and were fine finishes from striker David Ball.
Cole said: “I’m always happy to play. Me and Luke work really well together. He’s an excellent ’keeper and we can push each other along.”
Sheridan opted for Cole after his impressive display in the League Cup first-round tie at Birmingham City last Tuesday, when Argyle were beaten 3-2 after extra time.
Cole made some excellent saves in that match, including one from a penalty.
He said: “I had a bit to do there. Overall, I was pleased with my performance on the night and disappointed it didn’t go to penalties because I would have felt really confident.
“It was disappointing, all in all, but you take the positives out of that because we played so well against a Championship side.”
Cole was told on Friday he would be starting the game against Fleetwood.
“Obviously, it’s a close one to call, and it will be tough throughout the season, but that’s credit to the gaffer [Sheridan] for giving us both a contract. Luke is a top man so I would never have a problem with him. If we can push each other along then it’s only good for the club.”
Argyle have lost their first couple of League Two games this season, without scoring a goal in either of them, against Southend United away and Fleetwood Town at home.
Meanwhile, centre-back Guy Branston will make his comeback from a calf injury when an Argyle XI play a behind-closed-doors game against Yeovil Town at Huish Park today.
Branston has been out of action since playing the first half of Argyle’s pre-season game at Bath City on July 16.
Argyle’s squad against Yeovil is expected to include McCormick, Andres Gurrieri, Tyler Harvey, Ben Purrington, Jamie Richards, Isaac Vassell and Luke Young.