Durrell Berry bounces back from injury for Plymouth Argyle
DEFENDER Durrell Berry has put the frustration of a pre-season injury behind him to hit top form for Plymouth Argyle.
Berry was described as the 'best one-versus-one defender' in League Two by Pilgrims' boss Carl Fletcher following the goalless draw at Devon rivals Torquay United last Saturday.
And the 20-year-old has told Herald Sport he has been pleased with the way he has played since making his comeback.
Berry suffered a knee injury soon after pre-season training started and did not take part in any of Argyle's friendlies.
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He also sat out the first three competitive matches, before returning to action as a half-time substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Oxford United on August 25.
Berry then played all of the Capital One Cup second round tie at Burnley three days later, which went to extra-time before the Pilgrims were beaten in a penalty shoot-out.
Having come through that test of fitness, he has started the two subsequent matches and is optimistic about the future – both personally and for Argyle.
Berry said: "It was a frustrating pre-season for me. I only did a week-and-a-half and then I got injured.
"I missed the first three games of the season, which was disappointing, but I worked hard with the physio (Paul Atkinson) and got back."
He added: "It was tough for me against Burnley, but I always knew fitness-wise I wouldn't be too bad."
Berry is one of the survivors for Argyle's dreadful start to last season, when they picked up only one point from their first nine matches in League Two.
That led to manager Peter Reid being replaced by Fletcher, initially in a caretaker capacity.
This term, Argyle are on five points after the same number of fixtures and are sitting in 17th position in the table.
Berry believes a lot has changed, and for the better, over the past 12 months.
He said: "We have probably shaded every game we have played, but maybe the results don't show that.
"I think it's clear to see that we will be up there this season."
If the Pilgrims are to do that, they will want to capitalise on the back-to-back home games they have got coming up.
Argyle host third-placed Port Vale – fresh from a 6-2 drubbing of title favourites Rotherham United – on Saturday, before taking on Bristol Rovers next Tuesday.
Hopes will be high after their 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Northampton Town in their last outing at Home Park.
Berry said: "At the minute, we are full of confidence. With two home games on the spin it's a great chance for us to pick up six points."