Fletcher praises impact of both Molesley and Gurrieri
PLYMOUTH Argyle manager Carl Fletcher has hailed the impact of influential midfielder Mark Molesley ahead of Saturday's derby clash.
The 31-year-old is on loan at the Pilgrims from Bournemouth, where Fletcher has close links following his playing days at Dean Court and his friendship with manager Eddie Howe.
Molesley has started Argyle's last three matches, impressing with his quality on the ball and playing a crucial role in their second goal in the 2-0 win over York City last Saturday.
And Fletcher admits that Plymouth fans are now starting to see the best of the former Aldershot Town midfielder after overcoming a succession of injuries in recent years.
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"I think he (Molesley) is enjoying his football and that comes across in the games," explained Fletcher.
"He has fitted in well. I have got good connections at Bournemouth and Fletch (Steve Fletcher) has always spoken highly of him.
"He has suffered quite a bit with injuries over the last couple of years but has started three games in two weeks."
Argyle's win over The Minstermen on Saturday was their first in eight league games – a run stretching back to mid-October.
And Fletcher also hailed the ability of Argentinian youngster Andres Gurrieri.
The 23-year-old has scored three goals in 15 starts for the club since joining in August, being deployed either on the flank or, as in Saturday's win, behind the main striker.
And the Plymouth boss not only praised his ability on the ball, but also his work ethic.
"He (Gurrieri) seems to have a knack of picking up a lot of loose balls and has got great energy," he said.
"He's still only young and people probably don't realise that. He will work his socks off and always wants to do well.
"You have got to be defensive-minded at times and sacrifice your own game for the team.
"He picks his moments well when he can run in behind and run short. He's not going to get it right every time, but his willingness to do it is a bonus."