Alex MacDonald has found it easy to slot back in at Plymouth Argyle
STRIKER Alex MacDonald admitted he has found it easy to slot back into the side at Plymouth Argyle.
MacDonald recently started a second loan spell with the Pilgrims from Championship club Burnley.
He has played in the last two matches for Argyle, the first as a substitute and the second in the starting line-up, and has enjoyed his return.
MacDonald came off the bench in the 3-2 win against Northampton Town at Home Park on September 1.
He then started the 0-0 draw with Devon rivals Torquay United at Plainmoor on Saturday.
MacDonald also spent the final two months of last season on loan to the Pilgrims, scoring four goals as they successfully escaped the clutches of relegation.
MacDonald told Herald Sport: "I came in last season and played my part in keeping the club in the Football League.
"Now I want to play a part in helping the club kick on to bigger and better things, and back up the divisions to where it should be.
"I'm happy to be here and happy to play in games."
Argyle manager Carl Fletcher tried to sign MacDonald over the summer, but an agreement could not be reached.
However, MacDonald had no hesitation in returning to Argyle on loan after playing for Burnley against them in a Capital One Cup second round tie at the end of August.
He said: "I get on well with the manager and always have a good laugh with him, and the rest of the lads are brilliant.
"From the first time I came down, they made me feel really welcome, and it's the same again this time.
"I kept in touch with a few of them over the summer, and things like that, so it has been great since I have been back in Plymouth.
"Hopefully, we can push on next Saturday (when third-placed Port Vale visit Home Park) and get a result."
Argyle are 17th in League Two with five points from as many matches this season, but MacDonald is convinced they climb the table.
He said: "Towards the end of last season we had a few decent results and we played some good stuff considering the position we were in.
"I thought we were a much better team than the league table suggested.
"Now, coming back, we know we are better than what we were last season and we are looking to improve a lot on that.
"It's not a case of thinking it, I know we are a better team than we were, and hopefully come the end of the season the league position will prove that to everyone."
MacDonald's re-signing for Argyle has been followed by the arrival of Aldershot Town striker Guy Madjo, also on an initial one-month loan.
Madjo made his debut for the Pilgrims as a 66th-minute substitute for Warren Feeney against Torquay.
The additions of MacDonald and Madjo have compensated for injuries to strikers Nick Chadwick, Rhys Griffiths (both calf) and Paris Cowan-Hall (hamstring).
MacDonald believes it is important for Fletcher to have a variety of attacking options at his disposal.
He said: "It's good for the team. Competition for places spurs people on in training and in games.
"If one person has a bad game that's them out of the team, so it keeps everyone on their toes."
MacDonald admitted the first half against Torquay had been 'a bit of a scrap' but he thought the game opened up in the second period and that the visitors were unfortunate not to score.
He said: "Their 'keeper (Michael Poke) made a good save from Feeno's header and Conor (Hourihane) had a couple of chances. On another day, at least one of them would have gone in.
"But the pleasing thing is we got a clean sheet and we looked solid.
"We didn't look like we were going to concede, and that's credit to the whole team. We defended well from the front and we were solid as a unit.
"To come away from there with a 0-0 was a good result.
"We are looking at it as a real positive. That's two games unbeaten now, and we will take that into Saturday."
MacDonald enjoyed his first taste of a Devon derby at Plainmoor, and particularly the noisy support of around 1,500 Argyle supporters in a crowd of nearly 5,000.
He said: "It's only a small ground but it certainly was a good atmosphere. The Plymouth fans were magnificent.
"Every away trip they come in numbers and they make sure they are heard. It was great support from them once again.
"I enjoyed the derby and it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt."