Plymouth Argyle defender Durrell Berry booked five minutes into Devon derby
DEFENDER Durrell Berry admitted he had to walk a disciplinary tightrope in Plymouth Argyle's 0-0 draw away to Torquay United on Saturday.
Berry (below) was booked in only the fifth minute of the Devon derby for a late tackle on Ian Morris.
That put the 20-year-old right-back under a lot of pressure because he was up against Torquay's speedy 5ft 5in winger Danny Stevens.
Berry knew that one mistimed tackle would lead to a second yellow card and dismissal.
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But he kept his composure and got better and better as the game progressed, with a combination of strong defending and forceful attacking play.
Berry told Herald Sport: "Getting the yellow card early doors didn't help me.
"I was up against a tricky winger and after that I knew I had to be on top of my game to not get a second yellow.
"If the ball is there to be won you have got to try to win it, which I did on the first one.
"To be fair, I was a bit late and I knew for the rest of the game I had to be on my toes and make no silly tackles."
Berry was described as the best 'one-versus-one defender' in League Two by Argyle manager Carl Fletcher after the draw against Torquay.
That meant a lot to Berry, who has battled back to form and fitness after sitting out the start of the season because of a knee injury.
Berry said: "It's always nice to get a compliment from the manager.
"He gives me a lot of confidence going into games, so I have just got to try to take that on board and do the best I can for him.
"I have been happy with my performance since I have been back from injury. Hopefully, I can keep it going and progress from there."
Berry thought Argyle could easily have come away from Plainmoor with maximum points.
He said: "Maybe Torquay had a bit more possession than us in the first half, but I still thought it was an even game.
"We came out for the second half and I thought we had a lot more of the ball and better chances. It was a good game overall."
Torquay 'keeper Michael Poke made good saves from striker Warren Feeney and Hourihane as Argyle pushed forward after the interval.
Berry (above) said: "We played a lot more in their half and put a few decent balls into the box. Feeno had a good chance with a header and it was a great save from the goalie.
"I think their goalie was the busier of the two throughout the game."
Berry came to Argyle's rescue in the 89th minute, however, when Billy Bodin threatened to break the deadlock.
Bodin's fierce angled shot was on target but Berry got in the way and the ball went out of play for a corner.
Berry said: "They put the ball in over my head and I just managed to get there. I had to put my body on the line and hope I got the block."
Argyle dropped two positions to 17th in the League Two table after the draw against Torquay.
But the point they picked up came after a 3-2 victory over Northampton Town at Home Park the previous Saturday.
So the Pilgrims will be in good spirits going into back-to-back home games.
This Saturday they entertain Port Vale, who routed title favourites Rotherham United 6-2 at the weekend, before hosting Bristol Rovers tomorrow-week.
ARGYLE have been drawn at home to Aldershot Town in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
The last-32 tie will take place on the week commencing October 8.
Aldershot have already visited Home Park once this season, on the opening day of the League Two campaign, when they beat the Pilgrims 2-0.
Argyle had a bye in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Aldershot moved into round two by beating Exeter City 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out, following a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes at St James' Park last Tuesday.