Pilgrims can use loan pair in FA Cup
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.