Luke Young: Plymouth Argyle's endeavour was finally rewarded
MIDFIELDER Luke Young thought Plymouth Argyle were finally rewarded for their endeavour when they beat York City 2-0 at Home Park on Saturday.
It was the Pilgrims' first win in 10 matches in all competitions and has raised spirits before the Devon derby at Exeter City on Saturday.
Young returned to Argyle's starting line-up after a shoulder injury he picked up in the 3-0 defeat away to Fleetwood Town last month.
The 19-year-old played on the right of midfield and his workrate typified that of his team-mates as they dominated from start to finish.
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York left-back Jamal Fyfield conceded an own goal on the stroke of half-time and Argyle substitute Nick Chadwick made sure of the win in the 89th minute.
Young told Herald Sport: "It's always nice to come back into the starting 11, but it was all about the team.
"Everyone worked hard for each other and put in a good shift, and kept a good passing team at bay.
"We put them under pressure when we needed to, pressed them high up the pitch and they couldn't live with us.
"I don't think Reg (Argyle goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin) had much to do. That shows we worked hard off the ball."
Young admitted the Pilgrims were desperate to put in a good performance before the trip to Exeter.
He said: "We have had a few results which we maybe haven't deserved but they haven't gone our way.
"It was nice to come into a home game, really looking forward to it, to try to set our stall out ready for next week."
It was from Young's corner that the ball hit Fyfield and bounced into his own net in the 44th minute.
"If you put a good ball in the box then anything can happen," said the Pilgrims' 2011/12 young player-of-the-year.
"Luckily, it got a deflection off someone and went in. That's the kind of luck we have been waiting for.
"Normally it doesn't fall for us like that, and it was a great time to score on the stroke of half-time."
Young continued: "At 1-0, you are always on a knife-edge, but I don't think we were under pressure that much.
"They didn't really cause us any problems. They didn't get the ball in behind us.
"We kept the play in front of us as much as we could, defended when we needed to and got on the ball when we needed to.
"When you get the second goal you can breathe a little bit more and try to see the game out."
Young was injured in a tackle at the end of the first half at Fleetwood and ended up missing the next four matches.
He had established himself in the centre of midfield for Argyle before his enforced lay-off.
Young said: "It was just a tackle. Their lad cleared the ball and he caught me as well. I fell over him and landed on top of the shoulder.
"I felt it straight away and I told Paul (physio Paul Atkinson) at half-time.
"I thought it might ease off after I warmed up at the start of the second half but it got worse as the game went on.
"I tried to get through it as much as I could and played the 90 minutes."
Young admitted he could have returned to action sooner but manager Carl Fletcher did not want to risk him aggravating the injury.
He said: "I can understand where the gaffer was coming from with that.
"I took that on the chin, worked hard in training and got my reward by being back in the team today, and I feel that I had a decent performance."