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VIDEO: Plymouth Argyle v Port Vale: Match preview

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

Nathan Thomas

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EITHER Rommy Boco or Nathan Thomas are in line to replace the unavailable Jason Banton for Argyle’s FA Cup third round replay against Port Vale at Home Park on Tuesday night.

Should 19-year-old Thomas be selected by manager John Sheridan, it would be his first start for the Pilgrims after three previous substitute appearances.

Banton is cup-tied because he played for MK Dons in their 1-0 home win against Kent part-timers Dover Athletic in the second round last month.

The 21-year-old attacker signed for Argyle from Crystal Palace an 18-month contract last Wednesday, after his loan spell at MK Dons came to an end.

Boco, one of Sheridan’s summer signings, has been a regular on the bench over recent weeks.

He has made a total of 21 starts and six substitute appearances for Argyle this season, and scored two goals.

Only one of those starts has come since the 1-1 draw away to York City in mid-November.

That was in the 2-0 defeat away to Chesterfield on December 14, when he was replaced before the hour-mark by striker Caolan Lavery, who was on loan from Sheffield Wednesday at the time.

Thomas signed as a free agent for Argyle on Christmas Eve, agreeing a contract until the end of the season.

He was an 80th minute substitute for Banton in the 1-1 draw with Southend United at Home Park on Saturday.

The former Sunderland academy product will be desperate for a chance to show what he is capable of.

He also came off the bench when Argyle drew 2-2 away to Port Vale on January 5, and forced ‘keeper Chris Neal into a fine save with a fierce shot in the closing stages.

Striker Tyler Harvey, 18, is also unavailable for Argyle for the replay.

He recently completed a loan spell at Football Conference club Salisbury City.

As he was still officially on loan to Salisbury when Argyle played at Vale Park, he cannot be selected for the replay.

Sheridan did not want to discuss his team selection, other than to confirm that Jake Cole would be the ‘keeper on Tuesday night.

Cole has played in all seven of Argyle’s games in cup competitions this season, while Luke McCormick has been the first choice for the League Two campaign.

Sheridan said: “I never tell anyone what my starting team. Jake will start. That’s the only one I will tell you.

“I’m not trying to be clever or anything. I try not to give the opposition any advantage by naming who I will play.

“Nathan is in line for a starting place, Rommy is in line for a starting place, and (defender) Durrell Berry is in line for a starting place.

“There’s three good players who I can throw in the team. Whoever I pick will hopefully go out and affect the game and get us the result we are after.”

The rule which applies to Harvey also affects Lavery, who was recalled from his loan spell at Argyle by Sheffield Wednesday last week.

He cannot play for the Owls in their third round replay at home to Football Conference club Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night because, at the time of the first game, he was still with the Pilgrims.

Sheffield Wednesday did not allow Lavery to play for Argyle at Port Vale so he would avoid being cup-tied.

Lavery scored two goals as a second half substitute when the Owls thrashed Leeds United 6-0 in the Championship at Hillsborough on Saturday.

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  • scottypafc20  |  January 14 2014, 9:04AM

    just for a few hours, Callum? that's 166 hours a month - 38 1/2 hours a week.

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