Sturrock wants more from Mackie
Paul Sturrock still found time to criticise goal-scoring hero Jamie Mackie after he helped fire Argyle to a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
Last Updated: 12/02/08 11:21pm
Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock still found time to criticise goal-scoring hero Jamie Mackie after he helped fire Argyle to a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
Mackie signed at Home Park for £145,000 in January from Exeter - and marked his debut by scoring twice after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute.
Yet, despite his dream debut - Sturrock was less than impressed with the 22-year-old's display.
He said: "The rest of his game when he came on, apart from the goals, was a nightmare.
"His other six touches were all passes that went to the opposition, but that's what we've got on our hands.
"He is a young hungry person who wants to do well, and he has a tremendous knack, when the ball is bobbling about in the box, of finding the net.
"Hopefully that will never be changed, but there is a lot of work to be done on other aspects of his game."
Argyle took the lead in controversial fashion after Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga was dismissed for a professional foul.
Pilgrims frontman Steve MacLean slammed in the resulting free-kick to rub further salt into the wounds of the visitors.
Sturrock believed the decision to be harsh, a view echoed by Barnsley skipper Brian Howard.
"I think it was a foul, and when you are the last defender, you are always in danger of getting yourself sent off, but it was far enough out for perhaps somebody else to get back and cover," said Howard.
"When he showed the red card, it was almost game over, especially when they scored from the following free-kick."