Plymouth manager John Sheridan praises Carl McHugh’s ‘character’ despite cup loss

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Plymouth manager John Sheridan praises Carl McHugh’s ‘character’ despite cup loss
Carl McHugh was a goalscorer for Plymouth Argyle against Leyton Orient in the Capital One League Cup on Tuesday night.

Carl McHugh was a goalscorer for Plymouth Argyle against Leyton Orient in the Capital One League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Lettermacaward native made the score 3-3 in extra-time at Home Park, only for goalkeeper Orient Gary Woods to save two penalties - the second of which was from McHugh after Jason Bantom beforehand - in the shoot-out as the visitors won 6-5.

Although disappointed to lose, it was a gallant effort from League Two Plymouth, especially when it’s considered Orient finished third in League One and only lost to Rotherham United on penalties in the play-off final in May.

“I said don’t worry about who’s missed a penalty, I like the character that people want to take a penalty,” former Republic of Ireland midfielder John Sheridan, the Plymouth manager, said.

“I’m not thinking about Carl’s missed penalty, or Jason’s missed a penalty, we should have won the game.

“You’ve got to look at why they’re playing in the higher league and what they do and what makes them good players.”

McHugh was part of the Bradford City side that reached the final of the competition in 2012/13, where the League One side lost 5-0 to Swansea City at Wembley having overcome Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Twenty-one-year-old McHugh joined Plymouth in June.

Plymouth lost their first fixture in League Two on Saturday last against Cambridge and are home to Exeter City this coming Saturday.