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Griffiths wings it on Argyle debut after hectic cross-country journey

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Loan signing left-back Scott Griffiths prepares to take a throw-in on his Plymouth Argyle debut  Dan Mullan/Pinnacle

Loan signing left-back Scott Griffiths prepares to take a throw-in on his Plymouth Argyle debut Dan Mullan/Pinnacle

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Scott Griffiths has revealed how his winning debut for Plymouth Argyle came on a diet of an energy drink and an egg mayonnaise sandwich.

The left-back played for the Pilgrims in their 2-1 victory over Aldershot Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round at Home Park on Tuesday. That came less than ten hours after his one-month loan from Peterborough United had been finalised.

Griffiths responded to a plea from the Pilgrims by packing his bags and making a cross-country dash in his car to Plymouth. He eventually arrived at Home Park shortly before the pre-match team meeting at 5.30pm.

Griffiths revealed: "I got a phone call from [Peterborough's director of football] Barry Fry around about 9.30am [on Tuesday] saying Plymouth were interested.

"I've gone in at a quarter past ten and signed the papers, and drove home as quickly as I could. I packed up everything I needed and was on my way. It was five hours on the road and I didn't get time for a proper pre-match meal.

"I had a Red Bull and an egg mayonnaise sandwich, and I lasted the 90 minutes, which I was happy with. If you're running a bit tight on time I suppose you can get away with that," the 26-year-old added.

"I was happy I lasted the 90 minutes, considering I'd played two reserve-team games since the start of the season. I think I managed to get through it all right, and the feeling of winning a proper game was brilliant.

"It's all very well winning a reserve-team game, but you don't get the buzz I got on Tuesday. All the lads made me feel welcome, which really helped."

Argyle were short of options at left-back for the tie against Aldershot. Robbie Williams was ruled out by a stomach muscle injury while Onismor Bhasera is on international duty with Zimbabwe.

Argyle manager Carl Fletcher made several inquiries about players before securing the services of Griffiths. The left-back had loan spells at Crawley Town, Chesterfield and Rotherham United last season, but did not make any first-team appearances for Peterborough.

Griffiths signed for Peterborough from Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2010 but he has played only 11 times for the Posh since then, and spent all of the 2010-11 season on loan to Chesterfield.

He said: "I wouldn't say last season was the most productive for me. It was nowhere near my best season. I had one or two little knocks when I was out on loan at various clubs.

"Hopefully, I can get some more full 90s in [at Argyle] and improve my fitness and my performances even further."

Griffiths' loan to the Pilgrims runs up to and including the home npower League Two game against Burton Albion on November 6. Peterborough have given the left-back permission to play for Argyle in the FA Cup, with the first round set for November 3.

Griffiths said: "If the gaffer is happy with me, I'm happy to start and finish every game.

"I know I've only just come here but I want to do well for the club, and try to do my bit for them as much as I can."

Griffiths made a combined 17 League starts for Crawley, Chesterfield and Rotherham in the 2011-12 season. He said: "I pretty much lived in a hotel last season.

"My fiancée and I go out for food all the time because, being in a hotel, it just gets boring. We get to explore different parts of the country, at least."

Griffiths described his new team-mates as a "friendly bunch" and thought Argyle deserved their victory over Aldershot. What proved to be the winning goal came from Argentinian attacker Andres Gurrieri in the 30th minute.

Gurrieri side-footed a 20-yard shot into the bottom left corner of the net after a pass from winger Joe Lennox. "It was a great finish," Griffiths said. "He did well to keep it down. It's a good technique to have."

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