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Charles is content to play anywhere if it helps Argyle in quest to stay up

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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Versatile defender Anthony Charles is ready to play wherever he is asked by Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan.

The 31-year-old has appeared twice for the Pilgrims, after signing as a free agent on a contract until the end of the season, and has lined up in two different positions.

Charles made his debut at left-back in the 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley at Home Park on January 26. He then played as the right centre-back when Argyle were held to a goalless draw by visiting Dagenham and Redbridge last Saturday.

Charles was called upon to fill a central role by Sheridan because of a groin injury to Curtis Nelson.

The experienced defender had been restricted to ten starts and one substitute appearance for Northampton Town this season before he was released by the Cobblers last month. So Charles is pleased to have slotted straight into Argyle's side after being brought to the club by Sheridan.

He said: "You want to play, so no matter where you are asked to play, you are going to play.

"I have played in the right-side centre-half position many times before so it's not new to me. It's just something that maybe takes the first few minutes to get used to.

"I'm out there playing and, after recent months where I haven't been playing regularly, I'm happy to be out there.

"I've got a slot in the team where, ideally, I would like to play – left centre-back – but, if I'm asked to play any position where it benefits the team, then I'm happy to do that.

"It's not really about one person. It never has been at football clubs. It's about the team. Whenever you are asked to slot in somewhere, you should do it with all guns blazing," Charles added.

Sheridan thought that Plymouth should have been beaten Dagenham, and Charles shared that sentiment. He said: "We had enough chances – a couple in the first half and a couple in the second – to come away with a win.

"They [Dagenham] had one in the first five or ten minutes where we didn't start sharp. A point wasn't ideal but, in the position we're in, you've got to take it and build from there.

"We had a clean-sheet. That's two in two games and, as a defender, it's something I'm happy with."

Argyle will play their first away game with Sheridan as manager when they take on relegation rivals Aldershot Town at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Charles has had three different spells with Aldershot, winning promotion to the Football League with them in 2007-08, so he will be on familiar territory.

He said: "We will see how we do away from home. I've only experienced the last couple of games at home. There might be a little bit less pressure on us. We have to set our target of going there and trying to get the three points.

"If we can do what we have done in the last couple of games defensively, and still create, we should be OK."

Meanwhile, there are nine professionals in the Argyle XI squad for a friendly against Torquay United at Home Park this afternoon (2pm). Among them are senior players Maxime Blanchard, Paul Wotton and Jamie Lowry. Admission is free for club members. Otherwise, it is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Plymouth Argyle (from): Chenoweth, Watson, Blanchard, Richards, Purrington, Gurrieri, Allen, Lecointe, Wotton, Sims, Lowry, Harvey, Vassell, Summers, Hutchinson.

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