Durrell Berry says Pilgrims will respond to heavy defeat
Plymouth Argyle will have renewed determination when they play away to Scunthorpe United in League Two this weekend, according to defender Durrell Berry.
The Pilgrims have been licking their wounds since losing 3-0 to Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park last Saturday and want to make amends for that result.
It was Argyle’s heaviest defeat since they were beaten 4-1 by Rotherham United at Home Park in August 2011.
Berry said: “I’m expecting a good reaction from the lads.
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“We didn’t get a good result last Saturday. Obviously, we all know that and we are all disappointed. Hopefully, we can go to Scunthorpe and get three points.
“We know they are going to press us high up the pitch, like most teams do in League Two. Basically, we have just got to be ready for what they throw at us.
“It’s always good to try to bounce back after a defeat,” added the 21-year-old right-back.
Argyle’s game against Scunthorpe on Saturday involves a round trip of 635 miles, making it one of their longer ones in League Two this season.
Berry, who has never played at Glanford Park before, said: “It’s not really much of a problem for me now, after being here for so long.
“Most away games are quite far for us, so it makes no difference to our performance.”
The Pilgrims have kept only two clean-sheets this term – both in 1-0 wins at Home Park against Rochdale and Bristol Rovers – and Berry knows they need to add to that tally to give themselves any chance of improving on their league position sooner rather than later.
He said: “We kept clean-sheets in two home games in a row, which was good for the lads. Obviously, the defeat last Saturday put a downer on that.”
Argyle midfielder Dominic Blizzard returned from illness when he played in the reserves’ 3-1 away win against Exeter City on Tuesday.
That leaves manager John Sheridan with a near full-strength squad to choose from, with the exception of strikers Nick Chadwick and Matt Lecointe, who are recovering from knee injuries.
Sheridan declared: “Everyone is fighting for places. I have made that clear in training all week.
“There are opportunities if I change my team for individuals to come in and, hopefully, help us get back to winning ways.
“I watched the reserves’ game, I have watched training all week and then I will pick my team on Saturday.”
Plymouth Argyle (from): McCormick, Cole; Berry, Trotman, Blanchard, Branston, Nelson, Wotton, Reckord, Blackman, Richards, Hourihane, Alessandra, Gurrieri, Boco, Blizzard, Young, Bencherif, Reid, Morgan, Harvey, Vassell, Purrington, Lane.
Unavailable: Chadwick (knee), Lecointe (knee).