Having a large squad can have its downsides, but the upside for Plymouth Argyle manager Peter Reid is the chance to change the squad around and have players in back-up ready to be called upon.
Two such players in Marcel Seip and Bradley Wright-Phillips have done exactly that.
Wright-Phillips started against Sheffield Wednesday, scoring Plymouth’s second goal as well as setting up the first one for midfielder Carl Fletcher.
This was Bradley’s first start of the season and his all-round excellent display in front of a jubilant Green Army, was a welcome sight to see as it was the first game since Joe Mason against Walsall that an Argyle forward had scored in a competitive match.
And now the former Manchester City and Southampton player will continue in the Pilgrims’ starting 11 against Brighton and Hope Albion, alongside Rory Patterson, a complete turnaround from being out of favour with manager Peter Reid prior to the recent game.
The other player brought in from the cold of Argyle’s back up was Seip. Having made the bench, the Dutch defender got his chance to impress the manager when Bondz N’Gala was sent off just before half time for a professional foul on Wednesday’s Neil Mellor.
With Plymouth down to ten men, Reid was forced to sacrifice striker Patterson for Seip who hadn’t made an appearance since Sheffield Wednesday visited last season.
With Plymouth trying to win the game with only ten players, a solid defence was needed and Marcel’s experience was inherent to the three points going to Argyle as his tackling and closing down stopped Sheffield’s trio of strikers: Marcus Tudgay, Clinton Morrison and Neil Mellor.
So with Plymouth’s decision not to appeal against N’Gala’s red card, Seip should be in the front of the cue for the other central defender position against Brighton.
The inclusion of both players was a decision made for Reid. “They’ve worked hard and played well when I’ve seen them play,” he said. “It’s not rocket science and I said that when I first came here – if I see anybody having a go and putting a shift in, the get in.
“I have had chats with both players and told them what I wanted, and they’ve responded.”
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