Plymouth Argyle's Joe Lennox keen to start at Barnet after JPT display
WINGER Joe Lennox hopes he has made a strong case to be selected for Argyle's away game at bottom-of-the-table and winless Barnet in League Two tomorrow.
The 20-year-old put in a dazzling display when he was recalled to the starting line-up for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Aldershot Town at Home Park on Tuesday.
Lennox provided assists for both of the Pilgrims' goals in their 2-1 win, with the first one scored by Paris Cowan-Hall 33 seconds after kick-off.
It was Lennox's second start of the season and he was determined to try to make the most of it.
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Now Argyle manager Carl Fletcher must decide whether to pick the former Bristol City speedster in the side against Barnet.
Lennox's only previous start this term came in the 0-0 League Two draw away to Devon rivals Torquay United on September 8.
His performance against Aldershot earned him the official man-of-the-match award, and lots of complimentary comments on social media site Twitter.
Lennox told Herald Sport: "It was good to get a win and good to get a start so I could prove myself.
"I did have a lot of tweets after the game, and I retweeted many of them. It just shows the support the fans give the club and all the players.
"It was good to get another start and, hopefully, I will be in the team tomorrow.
"I feel I have given myself a chance and proved what I can do, and that's all I wanted to do. That's all I could do."
Lennox set up Cowan-Hall for his early goal against Aldershot with a low cross into the penalty area after a good run on the right.
"It was my first touch of the ball and I just got at the defender (left-back Myles Anderson) and took him on.
"I saw Paris running in so I put in an early cross and he finished it well. It was a perfect start and gave everyone the confidence – me included – to get on the ball. It was good."
Aldershot equalised in the 12th minute but Argyle regained the lead for good on the half-hour mark when Andres Gurrieri scored with a superb sidefoot shot from 20 yards after more good approach play from Lennox.
"I got the ball and was running with it again and I saw him in a good position," said Lennox. "I passed it off to him and it was a great finish."
Lennox could even have had a hat-trick of assists when he set up striker Nick Chadwick early in the second half.
However, the stand-in Pilgrims' skipper could not convert from close range.
Lennox said: "He (Chadwick) was unlucky not to finish that. It was a good save from the 'keeper (Glenn Morris)."
Argyle moved into the JPT southern section quarter-finals with their victory over Aldershot.
Lennox said: "It gives the whole team confidence getting to the next round and it's only a few more games to Wembley."
The draw for the southern section quarter-finals will take place on Soccer AM, on Sky Sports 2, tomorrow.
Lennox signed a short-term contract with Argyle in the summer and starting more games for them would improve his prospects of staying at Home Park for an extended period.
He said: "I just try my best every day in training and when I get the chance in a game. Hopefully, I can earn a longer contract here."