Joe Lennox in line for a new Plymouth Argyle deal after bagging goal
JOE LENNOX looks to have earned himself a new contract at Plymouth Argyle after scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw away to Exeter City on Saturday.
The 21-year-old rescued the Pilgrims from defeat in the Devon derby with a fine shot from outside the penalty area in the 72nd minute.
It was the first goal of Lennox's professional career and came in his 21st appearance for Argyle.
The former Bristol City winger signed a six-month contract with the Pilgrims in the summer, which ends on December 31.
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Now manager Carl Fletcher seems ready to offer him a new deal to extend his stay at Home Park.
Fletcher told Herald Sport: "I think if we let him go now I will get lynched – he has just scored against Exeter! I will speak to him next week."
Lennox made his fifth start of the season for Argyle against Exeter because of an injury to Paris Cowan-Hall.
Although short in stature, Lennox is a whole-hearted player and Fletcher believes he is making good progress.
Fletcher said: "Joe is still young and still learning the game but he has got a little bit of something.
"He has got a good touch, a great turn of pace and he can beat a man. You saw on Saturday he worked his socks off for the team.
"That's something he hasn't learned in the past because playing youth team football, and things like that, he didn't have to do that side of it.
"I'm pleased he got his goal because he worked so hard for it."
Fletcher believes Lennox has become a better all-round player during the near-12 months he has spent at Argyle after leaving Bristol City.
He said: "The defensive side of the game is quite important at this level. If someone is not doing their job it can affect the whole team.
"In terms of when he's on the ball and going forward then we don't have a problem with Joe, and he's maturing and learning to do that defensive side, which makes him a dangerous player."
Lennox admitted he did not see his 20-yard shot end up the net as he had fallen to the ground.
The winger touched the ball past Exeter left-back Craig Woodman and smashed it into the net off the inside of the far post.
Lennox told Herald Sport: "It was a good feeling when it went in.
"I didn't really see it go in. As I shot I fell to the floor and then I heard it hit the post and all the fans scream. That's when I knew it went in.
"That goal gave us a boost and we were pushing on to get all three points but they (Exeter) dug in well and I think a draw was a fair result."
City had taken the lead in the 34th minute with a deflected shot from outside the penalty area from midfielder Liam, Sercombe.
Lennox said: "I think it was always going to be a close game, with it being a Devon derby.
"I thought the atmosphere was going to be a bit louder but it was a big crowd. I think all the fans were up for it.
"We came out for the second half and pressed them well and, luckily, we got the goal.
"It's the highlight of my career so far – my first goal in the Football League. I will hopefully get plenty more."
Lennox was told by Fletcher at training on Friday he would be starting the game against Exeter.
He said: "I was glad to be given the chance to get a start. I thought I played well and I got the goal.
"I always thought I was going to be given the start as Paris was injured so I was ready."
Argyle's draw against Exeter came a week after they had won for the first time in eight league games by beating York City 2-0 at Home Park.
Lennox hopes the 20th-placed Pilgrims can build some momentum from their last two results.
He said: "I think the team are playing with confidence now. The league is so close and if you get a few wins you can get right up the table."