ON-LOAN Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery is to make his first start for Plymouth Argyle when they play Bury in League Two tomorrow (3pm).
Manager John Sheridan has confirmed the 21-year-old will be part of the Pilgrims’ attack in their final game at Home Park of 2013.
Sheridan will turn to Lavery as he tries to find a solution to the goalscoring problems which have plagued Argyle for much of the season.
They are the lowest scorers in League Two with 14 goals – including three penalties – from 20 games.
The Pilgrims have netted only six times in their 10 home matches, and have drawn a blank in five of them.
Lavery has made four substitute appearances for Argyle since he was signed on loan last month.
The Northern Ireland under-21 international has yet to open his goalscoring account for the Pilgrims, but has come close on a couple of occasions.
Lavery saw a close range header hit a post in the 1-1 draw away to Devon rivals Torquay United on November 26.
He also forced a superb save out of ‘keeper Tommy Lee in th closing stages of the 2-0 defeat at Chesterfield last Saturday.
Earlier on, Lavery had been fouled for the penalty which Lee saved from Argyle striker Reuben Reid, after nipping the ball away from centre-back Matty Brown.
Sheridan said: “He (Lavery) will start on Saturday. I have already told him.
“I’m not going to make many changes anyway but, regarding Caolan, I just think now is the time.
“We are at home and with the lack of goals, even though I feel as though we are playing okay, he might give us something a little bit different.”
Lewis Alessandra and eight-goal top scorer Reuben Reid have been leading Argyle’s attack over recent weeks.
However, the Pilgrims have netted only once in their last three league games – which was Reid’s penalty equaliser against Torquay.
Sheridan added: “I will play an attack-minded team (against Bury). We are going to go and try to win the game.”
Argyle are 16th in the League Two, three positions and the same number of points above Bury, who appointed David Flitcroft as their new manager earlier this month.
Sheridan has seen his side lose their last two league games against top six opposition – 1-0 at home to Burton Albion and then against Chesterfield.
He said: “I thought we outplayed Chesterfield. Their ‘keeper ends up getting man-of-the-match for them.
“He made three outstanding saves and I can only remember Luke (McCormick) having one save to make.
“But we lost the game 2-0 and it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net, and we haven’t done it again, which has been a problem throughout the season.
“When I look at the last two games, we have played Burton and Chesterfield, and I wouldn’t say they were any better than us.”
The visit of Bury is the first of four games for Argyle in 12 days over the Christmas and New Year period.
Sheridan said: “The points are what we need, first and foremost to try to get away from the teams at the bottom.
“And, secondly, we are trying to stay positive and look higher, and catch the teams above us and get in the mix.”
“This is a massive period. Games come thick and fast.”
He added: “With two or three wins (in a row), you do find yourself jumping four, five or six places. It’s very congested.
“There is always a team which comes from the pack after the New Year that no-one expects. Let it be us.”