Pil­grims can use loan pair in FA Cup

Western Morning News - - Football - BY CHRIS ERRINGTON

Loan sign­ings Matt Macey and Stu­art O’Keefe are both avail­able for se­lec­tion for Ply­mouth Ar­gyle’s FA Cup first-round tie against Steve­nage at Home Park to­mor­row.

Macey, the goal­keeper from Arse­nal, has started all 17 of the Pil­grims’ games in League One this sea­son.

O’Keefe, who is on loan to Ply­mouth from Cardiff City un­til Jan­uary 5, has been trou­bled by an Achilles ten­don in­jury, but the 27-year-old was in­cluded among the sub­sti­tutes for Ar­gyle’s 2-0 League One home de­feat to Sun­der­land last Satur­day.

Ar­gyle man­ager Derek Adams has promised he will pick his strong­est side pos­si­ble for the FA Cup clash against Steve­nage, so Macey is set to be be­tween the posts.

Adams told the Ply­mouth Her­ald: “He has done very well. I’m de­lighted with the way that he has come into the foot­ball club. He has made him­self num­ber one and he has had a num­ber of very good per­for­mances.”

Macey, 24, has played twice for Arse­nal at first-team level, as well as hav­ing short loan spells at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley and Lu­ton Town. So reg­u­lar foot­ball for Ar­gyle is not only aid­ing his de­vel­op­ment but giv­ing Adams a de­pend­able per­former be­tween the posts.

Adams added: “Com­ing from Arse­nal, he needed to get out and get games to put him­self in a bet­ter po­si­tion when he goes back there at the end of the sea­son. He has been able to do that with us and play in some big games.”

Ar­gyle had a goal­keep­ing in­jury cri­sis at the start of last sea­son which led to them us­ing seven dif­fer­ent shot-stop­pers dur­ing the course of the cam­paign. How­ever, the pres­ence of 6ft 6in Macey has given them sta­bil­ity in that key po­si­tion this term.

Adams said: “We are de­lighted at that, tak­ing in some­body of the cal­i­bre of Matt. Last year we went to Nor­wich and we had Remi [Matthews] and he did very well for us.”

O’Keefe has made a to­tal of seven starts and three sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances for Ar­gyle since ar­riv­ing from Cardiff to­wards the end of Au­gust.

Adams said: “He has done well when he has played in games. He has just been car­ry­ing an Achilles in­jury that has set him back a wee bit.

“He got on to the bench last week but hadn’t trained for a good num­ber of days be­fore that be­cause of the prob­lem.”

Adams re­vealed that Ar­gyle winger Gregg Wylde had not been on the bench against Sun­der­land be­cause of an an­kle in­jury. The Scot said: “He twisted his an­kle block­ing a shot in train­ing. It was swollen for a few days.”

Wylde has not re­turned to train­ing yet, so is rated as doubt­ful for the FA Cup tie.

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