Plymouth Argyle keeper Rene Gilmartin relishes getting his hands dirty
ARGYLE goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin was modest about his man-of-the-match performance against Accrington Stanley.
Gilmartin made some excellent saves as the Pilgrims battled out a 1-1 draw at the Crown Ground on Saturday.
It was particularly difficult conditions for 'keepers, with driving rain adding to an already saturated pitch.
Gilmartin did not let that affect him, though, as he played a major part in Argyle picking up a point.
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The 25-year-old told Herald Sport: "These are the games you are not used to, but they are great to play in.
"You are not going to see attractive football on a day like today. It's just attitude and desire to win a game of football.
"I'm delighted it was on because you prepare all week and today was game-day.
"I would like to congratulate the ground staff at Accrington Stanley. They deserve credit for the game going ahead.
"Looking at the pitch at the end, it hadn't cut up a lot. They have done a good job.
"I'm sure it was a good game to watch. It was all over the place, to be honest. I think both teams could have won.
"There were chances at both ends and people will say it was a good point and a fair result.
"But I would like to see us win a game like that – come here and take the three points, and off we go."
Gilmartin was making his 10th appearance for Argyle since signing as a free agent from Watford in the summer.
Jake Cole started the season as the Pilgrims' regular 'keeper, but Gilmartin forced his way into the team and seems set to stay there.
Gilmartin said: "Today was probably the busiest I have been in a game, and that's credit to the defence how we have played over the last few weeks.
"I was just doing my job, trying to keep the ball out of the net. They are just saves. I don't look for praise.
"I feel good about myself when I know I'm training well, and then a game like this one comes along where I felt ready."
Gilmartin then used a famous quote from Vince Lombardi, the former long-time head coach of the Green Bay Packers gridiron football team in the United States, to sum up his approach.
"Preparation meets opportunity," he said. "Today was the opportunity to have a game like that and I made a few saves."