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Monday 18th December 2017

On This Day:

1937: George Silk made his Argyle debut in a 4-0 defeat at Coventry. George was one the few to have played for Argyle before and after the Second World War, also appearing in most of the Pilgrims' limited wartime programme. He was a tough tackling fullback - by modern standards, downright reckless - whose only concern was to get the ball and boot it up field, and the fans loved him. He was the last survivor of Argyle's pre-war staff when he left in 1952 to become player-manager at Newquay. He died in 1969, aged just 53.

1979: Two and a half years after signing as an apprentice, 20-year-old Gary Megson left Home Park for Everton for a record £250,000 fee.

17th

On This Day:

1960: An extraordinary week is Argyle's history. Four days after holding the mighty Aston Villa in the 4th round of the League Cup (featured here), the Pilgrims suffered their worst defeat ever, a 9-0 humiliation at Stoke City. The shambles began with a gift after just 30 seconds, and so it continued against a side with the lowest scoring record in the division, just 18 goals before this match. Whether 'keeper Geoff Barnsley was fit to play was a major talking point - he took to the field with two black eyes and a swollen nose after serious injury at Villa Park - but ten others were equally to blame. Watch out for another strange event, just two days later in the League Cup replay when the game was abandoned after 90 minutes!

1993: Stockport County 2 Argyle 3; Steve Castle scored the fastest hat-trick in Argyle's history (50th, 55th and 56th minutes).

1994: Brentford 7 Argyle 0; a woeful performance after a miserable off-the-field week for Peter Shilton resulted in the Pilgrims' worst defeat in 34 years.

2005: Nick Chadwick scored the fastest ever goal at Home Park, timed at 11.23 seconds, in the 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. With the second coming four minutes into added time, the game probably contained the longest period of play between goals ever seen at Home Park.

16th

On This Day:

1950: With Argyle winning 3-2 at Leyton Orient, the referee decided that the game had gone on long enough. The problem lay beneath a fresh covering of snow; a frozen pitch left the players unable to stop or turn without losing their feet. With broken limbs a real possibility, the match was abandoned at half-time. But it all turned out well in the end; Argyle won the rearranged game 2-1.

2009: Plymouth was announced as one of 12 selected cities in England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018, including the promise of a brand new 44,000 stadium at Home Park. Nearly 12 months later the bid was rejected by FIFA's voting committee in favour of Russia.

15th

So soon after Ryan Taylor's return from injury, he will be ironically returning to face one of his old clubs when Argyle travel to Rotherham on Saturday. The striker had this to say about his former club: "It's a bit different because it's a new stadium now, I never played there as a Rotherham player. I have been back since but they built the stadium after I left. I played across the road at Millmoor and Don Valley. It's a bit different now; it's a lot better set up. The club has come a long way since I left and it will be nice to go back. I have played there once and scored there once so hopefully the same again. It was last year for Oxford in the cup and we won so hopefully more of the same. It's a great set up, Millmoor was a different experience. They started to build a new stand there and didn't finish it, we used to get changed in portacabins.

"I know Paul Warne. I partnered with him a couple of times as a striker. But he used to play wide right a lot; he was getting on a bit when I played with him so I had to do most of his running! He was a nice guy; enthusiastic and a hard working player. I think he has transferred that into management. I don't really know any of the boys there now; it's all different. But from what I've heard in the papers back home that's exactly like he is. It's going to be a tough game they are going well at the minute. They'll be a few family members there. A few have bought tickets as I don't think I'll be able to get that many with maybe 10-15 going and then a few friends too!"

Meanwhile, Derek Adams praised the ability of his Argyle side to nicely turn their form around following the disastrous start to the season, saying: "We've taken 15 points from the last ten games. We took five points from our first eleven games, so that tells you the progress that we have made. I did say, once we got over our injuries and suspensions that we would put a good run together because we have got a decent squad that have shown that they can beat the best teams in the league. We have gone to Bradford and won, we've beaten Charlton at home, we've drawn with Shrewsbury, away to Blackburn, we have shown that we can do it. It's given us an opportunity now to try and get another victory on the road against Rotherham which would enable us to catch teams above us and we've certainly closed the gap. We've gone above teams last Saturday, we've put ourselves in a far better position. It's always helps around the squad and it helps with the spirit. They've come down from the Championship and they've performed well this season to start with. They've got a good victory away to Blackpool last week. They were 1-0 down, got it back to 2-1. They've got Championship players in their team but we have come off a very positive result against Gillingham."

14th

After a goalkeeper made their Plymouth Argyle debut for the sixth time this season on Saturday, Derek Adams was once again full of praise for the ability of the man between the sticks to adapt in good speed. He said of Kelle Roos: "He was very composed last Saturday. He came into a game where it was a high pressure situation. It was two teams that were in similar positions. He's an experienced goalkeeper for his age. He's been out on loan a number of times. He comes across well, he talks well and he understands his position in the team. I took him back to the hotel last Friday and he pulled out the programme and he was asking me the names of the players and who everyone was. So from his point of view, that was very professional of him because he's thinking ahead. I think it's important because coming into any football club is strange. He's got an opportunity now to get to know the players and their names and be in amongst the squad, so he'll be looking forward to Saturday's game."

Adams gave updates on the progress of first Kyle Letheren, then Luke McCormick: "He's doing a little bit of handling. He's still a couple of months away from coming back. He went to the consultant last week and he was happy with the operation. The tendon has now reattached so obviously the operation has made that work. He was going to be out for four months but they have revised that and it's going to be back probably between the three and the four month period."

"The consultant's got to look at the report and report back to our physio to see the extent of the damage. Until the consultant reports back to the physio and the doctor then we just have to wait and see what he says about the scan that he had."

James Brent has spoken of his excitement after Plymouth City Council gave the the green light for the development of Home Park's Mayflower grandstand. PCC planning committee meeting on Thursday afternoon resulted in permission being granted for the proposed development of Home Park and some of its surrounds. The development will provide Argyle with a refurbished grandstand; new players facilities; new offices and classroom; new bars; retail and ticketing functions; and a conference and banqueting facility. Seating capacity will be increased to an initial 18,600. Brent said: "This is a very exciting day, a very exciting conclusion. We still need to build it, but many thanks to all who have helped. There is great excitement, and we're looking forward to 2018 and beyond. A great thanks to the Green Army Grandstand Working Group, to the staff who put time and effort in behind the scenes, and to the Akkeron and professional adviser teams. Also, thanks to the Members for approving it, and the Plymouth City Council planning department for the very diligent work that's gone into it. It's been a very long journey, and there have been ups and downs. We've had a lot of feedback and made a lot of changes. The broad scheme remains the same in terms of what the ambition is, but we have made improvements. With these things, consultation and constructive feedback make it better in the end. We now have a consented plan for a great asset to the football club, and to the city of Plymouth, and we need to focus on delivering it."

Argyle have remarkably knocked Manchester City out of the FA Youth Cup, following a penalty shootout victory from a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes at Home Park. This City side had made the cup final for three seasons in a row prior to this season. Academy boss Kevin Hodges spoke of his pride: "They showed good character, good strength, and I am so pleased and proud of them tonight. You can't achieve much more than going in and beating one of the biggest Academies in the world. I think they may be a little bit shocked. The message was 'Stick to the plan and stay in the game' and whilst you are still in the game, you always have an opportunity. We managed to see it through to extra-time, when there were some weary legs and weary minds, but we managed to see the game through, and then to actually come through by winning the penalty shoot-out is fantastic. When we lost the ball, we got back into shape and they delivered the plan. I am so pleased. I don't think the boys will understand until a few days time what they have actually achieved, but it's something that we said could be achieved. It's a cup-tie and anything can happen in a cup-tie."

13th

Argyle have opened talks to extend the contract of effective new midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, Derek Adams has confirmed, saying: "He's here until the end of January. We are already sitting down and looking to extend that deal until the end of the season. I think that Toums has come in and played a lot of games for us. He will see that we have been very beneficial for him because we have been able to give him game-time, and he will enjoy being around the squad. It's about playing football matches and we are hopeful that he will continue to stay with us. Toums is one that has very good experience of playing in the Championship. He's very composed and he does organise on the field. He talks to the players and that has been beneficial to why we have been able to get the results we have had."

11th

Derek Adams has confirmed that he is willing to let attacking midfielder Ruben Lameiras leave the club this January transfer window, following media reports that he has been on trial with Oldham. He said: "It gave Oldham an opportunity to look at him. We are obviously coming up to the January transfer window and they had asked to see how he could do."

Of the chance of other players being allowed to take up similar opportunities, he answered: "There is nothing in the pipeline but there is always a possibility."

10th

Derek Adams came away pleased from Argyle's crunch 2-1 win against Gillingham- with both the result itself and the nature of the victory. The manager said of his resurgent team: "I thought at times in the first half some of our play was very good. Then in the second half, we got at them and Jake Jervis opened up his legs on a number of occasions. Over the 90 minutes, we were better than Gillingham. We controlled the game for large spells, and when we went 1-0 up, for us, it was a perfect way of finishing off the move for Joel to score the goal. I thought we deserved, over the 90 minutes, the three points.

Regarding the disputed goal claimed by Gillingham, in the first half, Adams added: "I don't think anybody was close enough to it to say. Obviously I haven't seen the footage, so I couldn't give you a right answer. We allowed them back in the game when we were 1-0 ahead. We give away a stupid free-kick and then, quickly, they take the free-kick and get themselves back into the match, needlessly from our point of view. It was disappointing, because they didn't look like they were going to score. It just got a wee bit like a basketball match at times. That's not something that we wanted. Credit to Gillingham: they got the ball forward. We did give away some bad corner kicks and free kicks away, allowing them to put pressure on us."

And of Diagouraga's winner, he added: "I was saying to him just before the game: he needs to score more goals from that position. He's been able to get the ball over the top of the defender's head and slot it in. To score the late goal is always important. It was a big game for both clubs today, because we knew we were able to go level on points with Gillingham today. We were able to close the gap between the teams above us, and we've done that today. Gillingham were the same. If they picked up the three points, they would've put themselves in a very good position. It was a very big win for us today. Three points is massive in this league and we've been able to get them. We've looked at the league table and we're closing in on a lot of teams now."

Adams also spoke about the inexplicable circumstances that have seen Argyle having to sign yet another goalkeeper following the ankle injury sustained by Luke McCormick which reoccured itself in training last week. Adams explained: "He's injured the same ankle again. He tried to save a shot with his foot in training on Thursday morning, and I had to go and get a goalkeeper on Thursday afternoon. I wasn't too happy, to say the least. We don't know the extent of the injury just yet. He's had a scan today. We'll look at the scan and hopefully have an opinion next week. There's nothing we can do about it, but it left me an afternoon with me, my staff, my chief scout and everybody trying to get a goalkeeper in. We don't have any professional goalkeepers fit at the moment, which is strange, but that's the way it goes. Derby County were very good with us, and so was Kelle. He's got experience of playing with Derby and Port Vale this season, and he's also been at Wimbledon as well. It's not easy. He doesn't know anybody; he doesn't know any of his teammates. He made a number of good saves in the game. He couldn't do anything with the goal because it was a fantastic strike. He did really well. Hopefully he continues to stay injury-free. It's not easy coming into a new club. When you have one of your biggest crowds of the season as well, it's a high-pressure match, and he's coped with it very well."

Roos himself spoke about an afternoon of mixed feelings, with his disappointment at conceding the late equaliser being made up for by his delight at a superb late save that denied the visitors a 2-2 draw: "If we keep doing what we are doing, and with the support of everyone, I believe we will get out of it. It is a very important win. You can see, on the lads' faces, that they enjoy winning games like this. At times, it was a bit scrappy, but you just have to graft them out and get the three points. It was a bit of a range of emotions but, at the end, we did the job and that's what it's all about in football – three points, and we got them over the line. We did well, as a team, to keep the clean sheet in the first half and maybe we should have taken that into 95 minutes, but great strength from the squad. Everyone just grafted and I think it is a great team effort that we get three points. I would have liked to sit here with a clean sheet but I think I have to wait until the next one. He hit the target but I managed to turn it around. I was happy with that one because, at the end of the day, saves matter more when the team needs the points and that was one of those moments. After that, we gave the goal away. For a goalkeeper and defenders, everyone involved, who loves clean sheets, it was a bit of setback but, at the same time, you see how we respond and if you have that in this group of lads I am very surprised you are in this position in the table. They put two balls underneath my bar and I managed to tap them over, and then the header but my defenders did well there because I didn't have to get the sting out – there was no sting in the header. It was a simple header and I had to tip it over."

9th

Argyle have climbed to 22nd in League One following a dramatic late 2-1 win over Gillingham. New keeper Kelle Roos was involved early on, spilling a low drive from Tom Eaves and almost spilling the ball into his own net but the assistant referee ruled that the ball did in fact not the cross the line. Joel Grant put Argyle into a lead in the second half but Eaves really did score, equalising with 6 minutes to go after a quick free-kick undid Argyle's defence. The game was won as stoppage time began however, when Toumani Diagouara slotted the ball home one on one with the Gills keeper. Argyle: Roos, Sawyer, Edwards, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Fox, Diagouraga, Carey, Jervis, Grant(Songo'o), Taylor. Subs: Cooper, Miller, Threlkeld, Ainsworth, Wylde, Blissett.

8th

After another injury to Luke McCormick, Argyle have signed Derby County keeper Kelle Roos on a week-by-week emergency loan deal. Roos famously played against Argyle in the League Two play-off final in 2016 where Wimbledon beat us. The 25 year old Dutchman will be the 8th keeper to appear in a matchday squad for Argyle this season and will wear the number 29 shirt in his spell with Argyle.

Derek Adams never tends to look further ahead than the next fixture - but he is already lining up possible new recruits to strengthen his squad in January. He cited the additions made last season as an example of how a strong January window can make or break a season: "We have already started discussions, we just need to finalise targets. We have an idea of the type of player we are looking for. It wont be many, we have a budget to work to so we will stay in the scope of the budget. We will have to move out some players as well. The input comes from Greg Strong, Craig Brewster and Paul Wotton and myself, we will all sit down and have a discussion. Matt Neil will pull through all the stats as well to see who to go for.

"It's always important to try and get in players. We did that in the last transfer window and we did that last January where they provided us with the impetus to get into League One. We have got a good squad and have competed well this season but we haven't got the points we deserve, so adding to it can only enhance the pool.We could do more than a couple, we could do three or four, it depends how the transfer window pans out. Who comes in and out it all swings in roundabouts too it."

Adams looked ahead to the game against Gillingham at the weekend, admitting it was a crucial one in the battle at the bottom of League One: "A win is important for us considering the position we are in. If we can get three points on Saturday it puts us in a better position and closes the gap between a good number of teams in the league. We played last week against Bradford, played some really good attacking football and should have scored a couple of goals. They got a couple of goals that were fortunate for them. I thought that we created a good number of opportunities throughout the 90 minutes and the chances we created we should have taken. But from our point of view if we play like we did at Bradford we have a good opportunity to win the game. They are very direct as a team. They get the ball from back to front very quickly and get support to them. So we are going to have to deal with that threat, they have Tom Eaves and Wilkinson and they will try to get it into them as quickly as possible."

7th

Joel Grant believes Argyle have comfortably enough quality in their squad to climb out of the relegation mire, starting win a win against Gillingham on Saturday. The winger said: "I think that's the difference has been that we haven't taken our chances when we have created them, and obviously if we concede it makes it more difficult. But it sums our season up, it definitely shows what we are capable of. We definitely showed a little bit of weakness. The stuff we've worked hard on, day in day out, to rectify those mistakes. Although we have had some positive results recently its something we are still working on. I'm very positive. I know we have enough in the squad at the moment. We are bottom at the moment but we are approaching it in the same way. We have to look at it and say 'why can't you have a top half finish in the second half of the season?'. The teams at the top have been on a good run in the first half of the season, who's to say they might not have a bad second half of the season? For us, we are working hard and I've seen an improvement from day one of the season.

"We have had some good results of late in the last couple of months. We have clawed some points back; we could go level on points with them. But every game is a big game and not just because it's Gillingham and we are three points behind. I personally don't feel we should get too carried away with 'we must catch Gillingham'. We have over half a season and the aim is to get as many three points as possible. If we can do that at the end of the day we want to be as many points away from relegation at the end of the season.

"As a professional you want to play and that's something I'm working really hard on. As a player I am my own biggest critic, and being at the bottom of the table can sometimes make you feel sometimes a certain way. As if you're in the team, are you doing enough? There's a number of things I can work on. At the moment I personally want to affect us going forward more. In terms of goals we have been free flowing with the goals. If you were to watch training day in and day out you would definitely say we are not quite getting it right. As when you see training you would expect us to score a few more on the match day. Considering the ability we have in the squad I feel we have been underachieving there. So personally if I can help that would be good. It's about showing the manager, and getting him to believe in you; that comes from all around.

"I honestly believe we are going to do really well in the second half of the season. I have been a professional a long time and I have been a part of some very successful teams and I've also been in some unsuccessful teams. My view of this club is that it's a club with a winning mentality and we have a manager who has been successful and continues every day to work hard. The players continue to work really hard. One thing you would often see when a team is not doing very well is the spirit can be really down. But we have enough players in the squad pulling in the right direction to be successful."

5th

The refurbishment of the Mayflower Grandstand and related developments are to be discussed at a Plymouth City Council Planning Meeting on Thursday, December 14th. The application will be heard at 2pm, at the Council House, and will be attended by several members of Argyle staff. Ahead of the meeting, PCC have provided a report on the application.The report contains a recommendation of approval, subject to conditions.

3rd

There was a bittersweet return to action for Argyle captain Luke McCormick, who suffered an FA Cup exit on his comeback from injury but took great heart from the Pilgrims' performance in their 3-1 defeat at Bradford. He spoke about the goals conceded, the third of which he admits he could have done better. McCormick said: "On the whole, we played really well. Overall, we're really pleased with the way we played. We've created a lot of chances. The boys looked hungry to get on the ball and moved it about well and were causing a lot of problems. Some of the football we played going forward really gave them a problem. I didn't see the first game up here, but I've been told we played a lot better second time round. Unfortunately, the goals we conceded were disappointing.

Of the third:"It's taken a slight deflection as it's coming across and I was backtracking. I've tried to stop and get on top of the ball and ended up getting it terribly wrong. Unfortunately, it's squirmed underneath me and ended up in the back of the net. I hold my hands up for that. I'd like to think it's an uncharacteristic mistake but I should have done better. But, on the whole, I was quite pleased with my contribution today. It'll be the talking point. That's how it goes; it's the nature of the job. I'll get on with it, get another week's training inside of me and get up to speed. You can never be too high or too low, just get on with it. There's another game on Saturday to look forward to. There's no point moping. I am never going on concentrate on mistakes because they are inevitable; they are always going to happen. They happen all over the pitch, but I am in a position where, if I make one, the ball usually ends up in the back of the net. I'm certainly not going to dwell on it. I'm pleased with being able to come though the game today.

Of the second:' The ball has come into the far post. We haven't really cleared it. Someone is stood there, unmarked, and it's a wild volley which is going nowhere near goal and it's hit one of their players full on in the face and found its way into the bottom corner. On another day, it doesn't go in, but, unfortunately, today, it has."

McCormick went on to speak about his return from injury and that of several of his fellow players including Oscar Threlkeld and Ryan Taylor: "Hopefully we've seen the back of it all now and there will be a little bit of continuity between the sticks," said Luke, after the game. We're getting our strength back and our competition for places back: Ryan Taylor was able to come off the bench today – it's great to see him back, and Oscar. That competition which we had at the start of the season – people vying for places in the team – is slowly coming back, and that will help us going into the busy period over Christmas. With that competition, we'll only improve. The character we've shown today....alright, we've conceded a couple of bad goals but it didn't seem to affect us – we still wanted the ball, still wanted to go forward and create chances – I think that says a lot about us. If we continue with that mentality over the Christmas period, I think we will be alright. We need to use this performance to base other performances on coming up because, if we keep playing like this, we will win a lot more games than we will lose. I'm really looking forward to being a part of it. It's a chance for us to roll up our sleeves and tackle the Christmas period head on.

"It's easily been the most frustrating period of my career. You just want to be able to help the lads in any way, shape or form and you simply can't do that. Not only can't you be out on the pitch, but you have to allow lads space at times – you can't affect things on the pitch, so you have to let the lads and the staff get on with it, which is a hard thing to do. To be back out there, and to be able to help the boys, is really pleasing. I broke down twice in training. That was really disappointing and it stretched the injury out much longer than I would have liked. Having said that, it reacted well to an injection and I've been able to shave a great deal of time off my expected return. The consultant, medical staff – everyone – have been really good with me and given me every chance to get back as quick as I can. He advised an injection and I had to go quite carefully afterwards to give it every chance of working, and I'm really grateful to him and really pleased it's managed to do the trick."

In spite of the loss to Bradford, Derek Adams was insistent that it was one of Argyle's best displays of the season in terms of the chances created. He said: "It was probably one of our best performances of the season the way we created chances, and defended at times. It was a really good performance from us today. Bradford scored against the run of play when we have had three or four very good opportunities. It was a great ball into the box from their right-back and a very good header, but it was against the run of play. Going in at half-time, we were happy because we were the team in the ascendancy. We played very well in that first half and took the game to Bradford. They were probably fortunate to be in at 1-0 at half-time. Jake Jervis had two very good chances, maybe three – he could probably have had a hat-trick before half-time – Joel Grant as well, Graham Carey. In the second half, Bradford get a fortunate goal – a ball to the back post, the player knocked it across the area and it was deflected in off one of their men. Then it's a difficult afternoon because we have got to get back into the game from there. We get back into the game and make it 2-1, a good goal from Graham Carey, and then make a mistake, a goalkeeping error – it goes under Luke's body and into the goal – that makes it 3-1, and Bradford get a lift from that. If strikers miss chances, it's the strikers' fault; if the goalkeeper makes a mistake, it's his; that's just the way it is. We've all got to take responsibility."

"This was a very good performance, far better than the one we had here when we won 1-0. We were very good overall. It was a very good game, end to end at times; it was a good cup-tie. I didn't think it was a 3-1 game, but that's the scoreline. We'll do very well this season and move off the bottom of the table and put ourselves in a position that we are happy with at the end of the season. Bradford were always going to be favourites because of the position they are in the league, and we put up a good fight. We were far more of a goal-threat today. We had a good number of chances. Yes, Bradford came into the game later on because we were a bit gung-ho – we had Jake Jervis playing at right-back and Lionel Ainsworth playing right midfield – so that was always going to be the case. Having Graham and other players in that forward line, looking a goal-threat – we did look a goal-threat today – is extremely positive. That's what he's there for – he's there to make the saves, as all goalkeepers are; just as strikers are there to score goals, and they haven't taken their chances.It's good to have your captain back again. He's looking good, but he's looking rusty."

2nd

Argyle have lost 3-1 at Bradford and are resultantly out of the FA Cup at the second round stage. The home side went 1-0 up shortly before half-time and doubled their lead shortly after the interval. Argyle did pull one back through Graham Carey but the gap was restored to two not long after. Bradford go on to round three. The match was notable for the long-awaited return of Luke McCormick to the Argyle starting eleven. Will Mannion has been confirmed to have returned to Hull after one game. Argyle: McCormick, Sawyer, Edwards, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Songo'o(Taylor), Diagouraga, Fox, Carey, Jervis, Grant(Sarcevic). Subs: Childs, Miller, Threlkeld, Ciftci.

1st

Oscar Threlkeld said that he is 'thrilled' to be returning to Argyle first team action following the game at Yeovil in which he finally made his long awaited comeback from injury unscathed. He said: "I played 90 minutes against Saltash on Saturday. The first 90 minutes felt good but I started tiring out after 60/70 minutes. Then 90 minutes at Yeovil, which was needed; I felt good in that, just a shame about the result. I'm feeling good. I felt tired Wednesday; I was a bit stiff. But I did as much as I could, stretching and stuff like that. I'm feeling good, legs feeling good and I can't wait to see what happens next. The physios have been good; the management, the staff - just people keeping a smile on my face and obviously not trying to think about it. I'd say I have had a couple of days being down in the dumps thinking about when I am going to be back playing. It's something you can't really dwell on as it will give you a bad mind-set. So you've got to keep having a happy face on as there is worse things in life.

"I thought it was just an initial bang, hence why I was walking after the match. I got on the bus as soon, then as I got off the bus I couldn't move. So I had to share a lift with someone as I felt I couldn't drive. I then came in the following day and saw the physio. It's been stressful seeing the lads training and playing games where you can't do anything. Going to the gym, recover and pre-hab, doing your fitness work, its just hard. It's never nice seeing anyone else injured but when it is you it's even worse because you know you can't affect anything. You're always thinking when are you going to get fit, so it has been hard but I've had a lot of help around me which is good."

Regarding his aborted comeback in the October match against Fleetwood, Threlkeld added: "I'm not sure as whether that is between the 4-6 weeks but I felt good going into the game. But as soon as I felt the initial contact on it started to get sore and worse with each tackle, so I told the gaffer and came off at half time. I got told I had a new injury on top of an old injury so that's why it took longer. But we both agreed for me to play, it wasn't like I got forced back in. It was an agreement on both parties that we felt I could get through the game. I feel like we can get a cup run. We've beaten Bradford already, but it's a cup game and things can change. I do think we can be Bradford and move on and get a big club at home."

30th November

Derek Adams gave the latest in what is becoming a now regular series of injury updates as Argyle prepare to face Bradford in the FA Cup second round on Saturday. He spoke of goalkeepers Remi Matthews and Michael Cooper as well as the duo of Threlkeld and Taylor who came back into the side at Yeovil on Tuesday night. He said, first of newbie Will Mannion: "It wasn't easy for him because he only arrived on Monday night and didn't see the players until he arrived here Tuesday afternoon. That was the situation on Tuesday night, so when he gets to train with the players over the next couple of days then he'll get to know their names. He has good presence. He didn't have a lot to do the other night, but when he was called upon he completed it well.

"Remi picked up an injury against Portsmouth and he had a scan on his ankle and the scan came back that he has ligament damage, so he's going to be out for a minimum 2-3 weeks. We're disappointed for him, because he'd come in and done well for us."

"We had three games on Saturday. We had an Under-18 game, we had a Peninsula game and we had a game against Portsmouth. I took the risk to help the football club by putting Michael Cooper on the bench for us and giving them Max Childs. That's why I put Michael on the bench; he wasn't 100% fit and he isn't now. That's why Max Childs was back on the bench on Tuesday night."

"Ryan Taylor's been out since the first game of the season. He scored a good goal the other night and it was good for him to get 70 minutes. I gave a lot of the players who had either been injured or suspended or hadn't played for a number of weeks game time and it was a very competitive match for us. Oscar's come through it fine. He's still lacking match fitness but he'll get that over a couple of weeks. They're obviously tired, but there's no reaction at this stage."

Ahead of the match at Bradford on Saturday, Adams looked back at the last game between the two teams and spoke about how the match would be similar and indeed different this time out: "We went up there the last time and won 1-0. It was a very good game in front of 20,000 fans. I believe that there will be a quarter of that on Saturday so the atmosphere will be different. Bradford are doing very well in the league and picking up wins against the top teams so it's a tough FA Cup tie for us. They have got talented players. It's never easy for a team when another one is so compact and stops them having the space to be creative. In the end they put in a lot of diagonal crosses and we dealt well with them on the day. It could be similar. But when we have time to be creative and be in and around their penalty box then we have to take chances when they come along. We are going up to Bradford to try to get through to the third round and to try to get a big team back to Plymouth Argyle."

29th

Derek Adams has stated his disappointment at Argyle's failure to progress to the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy, particularly annoyed with the way in which his side crashed out. Adams said: "It was the manner that we lost the game: we didn't have to give the free-kick away; we lose a goal from the set-play – we have got very good height, but it was good movement from Yeovil; and the last goal was another one where we didn't have to put ourselves in that position. Ryan Edwards got done down the side, a cross into the box and we lose a runner into the box and he put the ball into the back of the net. We didn't have to be in that situation so late on in the game. We are obviously disappointed because we wanted to progress into the next round."

"We just thought we'd do something a bit different to see how we coped. We did alright at it but, in the second half, when Yeovil changed their shape, it caused us problems in the 3-5-2. We did better in the first half than we did in the second half. We just found that their full-backs were getting out and causing us problems. They ran forward and were able to get on the end of things. We rested a good number tonight. Gary Sawyer, David Fox, Toumani Diagouraga, Joel Grant and Jake Jervis, as well. We rested them all. "We knew what was happening,. First, we knew we had to win the game; then we knew that Chelsea were winning so it was important we kept it at 1-1 and maybe try and win on penalties. When it went to 2-1, we wanted to get back and equalise."

Adams also spoke about the silver lining on the cloud of the loss: the return to action of two key members of the Pilgrims' first-team, Oscar Threlkeld and Ryan Taylor. Adams : "One hasn't played since the first game of the season; one hasn't played since the second game of the season. We were hoping Ryan would get 90 minutes tonight but he was just getting a wee bit leggy so we took him off. He does take the ball in well and score goals; he's still got a bit to do to get up to speed. I would hope that, first of all, we can get him in the squad on Saturday. That's my thinking at this moment in time. It depends how he reacts on Thursday and Friday, if he's ready. Oscar's the same. He's still got a bit to go, fitness-wise, the same as Ryan. They were both a bit sluggish at times because they haven't played for a while. It's possible that they could both come into the squad for Saturday."

Taylor himself spoke about scoring a goal on his return to first team action: "It's been a long way off, it's been four months so a long time," said Ryan. "My fitness wasn't quite there tonight but it wasn't going to be after such a long time out. It was nice to get on the score sheet, just a disappointing result in the end. The first half I felt fine, but I think it caught up with me in the end, so the gaffer brought me off after 70 minutes. We are all disappointed with the performance in the second half. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair pulled a great ball back and I've just tried to get it on target. I think their keeper has had a bit of a 'mare but they all count so it was nice to get back on the score sheet. We were very comfortable in the first half, got into the changing room at half time, we played some nice stuff. But the second half we just weren't good enough and we know that. We have just got to get ready for Saturday; it will be a tough game away against Bradford, but we will be."

28th

Before facing Yeovil in the Checkatrade Trophy, Argyle signed England Under-20 goalkeeper Will Mannion on an emergency loan. Mannion is the latest 'keeper to join the Pilgrims after an injury sustained against Portsmouth on Saturday ruled Remi Matthews out of action for the foreseeable future. He will wear the number 35 shirt at Argyle.

Argyle are out of the Checkatrade Trophy having lost 2-1 at Yeovil Town and Chelsea Academy beat Exeter in the other group match. Ryan Taylor put Argyle into the lead on his return to the side but two second half goals won the game for the Glovers and saw them top the group. Argyle: Mannion, Edwards, Songo'o, Bradley, Miller(Wylde), Threlkeld, Sarcevic, Carey, Taylor-Sinclair, Taylor(Ainsworth), Fletcher(Jervis). Subs: Childs, Sokolik, Diagouraga, Grant.

27th

Callum Rose has extended his stay at Dorchester Town until January 27. The first year pro has been with Magpies since October 27. The defender has earned his place in the side over recent weeks after having to initially make cameo appearances off the bench.

Remi Matthews has returned to Norwich for treatment having injured his shin in the second half against Portsmouth on Saturday. Due to Michael Cooper's finger injury, 16 year old first year apprentice Max Childs is now the only goalkeeper at the club at senior or apprentice level.

26th

Derek Adams rejects the view that Portsmouth were the better side and deserved to win yesterday's Dockyard Derby, claiming that there was little to pick between the two teams. Adams argued the case: "I thought it was a poor football match. It was a 0-0 game written all over it. We make a mistake and they get a goal. They weren't in our box in the first half. We were the better team in the first half. I thought we passed the ball well at times in the first period, but still we didn't get enough opportunities at goal. Second half, we pushed on. But overall, from a spectacle, it wasn't great. There was nothing in the game. Both sides probably lacked a bit of firepower today. A poor game from the point of view of chances created. We had some good balls in the box. We just weren't able to get the second ball to get that goal to get back in the game. I don't think the creative players on both sides today did enough. There were a number of players that didn't do well enough today in midfield and attack. Both teams didn't have any real efforts on goal. From my point of view, it was the worst Portsmouth v Plymouth game I've been involved in. It was rubbish."

"I didn't think that it changed the concept of the game. We had to put on players to try and get at their back four, but we didn't really have an opportunity that we can say was clear-cut in the second half. I thought we were better in the first half. We created better opportunities in the first half. We went to two up front in the second half. We went a bit more direct and I don't think it helped us. I think it helped Portsmouth. Today, I don't think we deserved to lose the match.We'll just go onto the next game. We've been on a very good run. We've picked up a lot of points and we just move on. I don't think anyone deserved to win today. There's no way that Portsmouth are better than us today; not a hope in this world. It was 0-0 written all over the game. Anybody who says that Portsmouth deserved to win today has no clue about football."

Adams also had bad news to bring about goalkeepers Remi Matthews and Mike Cooper, the former of whom reoccured his injury during the game and the latter of whom sat on the bench in spite of not being fully fit: "There's a big concern. We'll to look at it tonight, and he might have to get an x-ray tomorrow. He's got a lump on his shin, with the follow-through from the player. He's got a bit of bruising there as well. A major concern, because he wasn't able to put much pressure on it just now. Michael Cooper wasn't fit. He's not fit. It's not good. To have as many injuries, and the different injuries to them; it's been really unfortunate for us."

Gary Sawyer shared many of his manager's thoughts after the game- both on the nature of the performance and the sheer improbability of Argyle's current goalkeeping crisis: "I didn't think we opened them up. We had a lot of the play but the game was played out of the middle – I don't think they overly had a lot of chances; we didn't overly create a lot of chances. It was a 0-0 game, I think, if you take this mistake out. We work on everything every day. Obviously goalscoring is one of those that we need to keep working on. It's a tough one to take. It's a big game for us in front of a big crowd and we know this one means a lot to our crowd. We have got a good group of boys here that can turn this around so everyone is on the same page and fighting.

"Obviously, your 'keeper is a main point of your team and to keep losing them is unbelievable, really. In all my years of playing, I don't think I've seen it like this at any club I have been at. It's amazing that it just keeps hitting us. In years gone by, we've had Luke in goal for every game of the season. He's taken a bad injury and the other two behind him have taken bad injuries, and now Remi's obviously struggling, as well. We have to get on with it; we have to look at the next game and hope that Remi will come out relatively unscathed."

25th

Argyle have gone down 1-0 to Portsmouth and return to bottom of League One, three points from safety. The goal came 25 minutes into the game following a misjudgement from loanee keeper Remi Matthews. Argyle: Matthews, Sawyer, Songo'o, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Fox, Diagouraga, Sarcevic(Ainsworth), Carey(Lameiras), Jervis, Grant(Ciftci). Subs: Cooper, Miller, Wylde, Fletcher.

24th

After a vital three points following Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Northampton Town, Derek Adams stated his belief that confidence is flowing back into his Argyle side. He argued: "The players are beginning to show their confidence in themselves, as they know the confidence I have in them. I've said all along we have a good squad and we have competed well with all teams in this division and haven't got the results we have deserved at times. If you look at my team selection I've always had a continuity and that shows the faith I have in the players. If they give me 100% effort I'm happy with them as they have the technical, tactical ability to do well."

A big part of Argyle's recent upturn in form is down to the addition of midfielder Toumani Diagouraga. The midfield man had only positive feelings about his experiences at Home Park thus far: "I'm pleased with the way it's gone and obviously I just want to carry on. I can't just think I've had a good start and let it go away. Before the first game I didn't think I'd be able to do Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday but once you get on the pitch and you get that competitive nature you just want to do your best for the team and try and get over the line. I had a look at the players that were here and I knew quite a lot of them so I was surprised that they were in that situation. But like any League, if you put a good run together you can be in a good position, any bad run and you might find yourself down there. When I came here everyone was very positive so I knew there was a chance of turning the corner. So that's what we're trying to do at the moment. We're not quite there yet, but we're on our way. We get very good support. Compared to a lot of League One teams that get 3000-4000, here you get 8000-9000 and the crowd are really getting behind the team. Especially with the position we're in, it's a credit to them really."

As a former Pompey player (one of many in the Argyle squad), Diagouraga knows exactly what to expect when Argyle travel to Fratton Park, saying: "Sonny Bradley and Jake Jervis were there when I was there on loan from Brentford. I went there for a month and then they wanted to extend to the end of the season. I agreed and I signed, and then I got called back a week after. It's a very good atmosphere. They've got a good fanbase, so sometimes the fans can kind of get them over the line. But we've played against Bradford which was a big crowd so we know how to deal with it. I think any player wants to play in front of big crowds. If you don't want to play in front of big crowds you're in the wrong job really. So we'll be going there trying to frustrate them and more importantly trying to frustrate the players. You don't want to get carried away thinking about the game too much and the game passes you by. We need to go there, do the job at hand and after the game, after you get the result, you can enjoy it. But before the game it's about preparing and being ready for it. I think that's a very good thing for the players to know about the rivalry and I'm sure the fans like beating them. But us playing, we just need to concentrate on the job and go there and try and get the win."

"We knew we had to win against Northampton really. We couldn't afford to lose and be seven points behind them. So you could see from the first whistle that we really went after them and it was a very good win. Especially after the red card and losing 4-0, you want to get back out there as soon as possible and make it right, and that's what we've done."

23rd

Derek Adams revealed his love for Argyle-Pompey games as 'proper football games', citing the atmosphere for games at both Home Park and Fratton Park. He did admit however that the games would likely be quieter affairs after the departure of Paul Cook to Wigan: "This is a proper football match. It's a tremendous stadium and atmosphere to go to. We enjoy playing there because of the great atmosphere the stadium brings and we always take a good following with us. It does generate one of the best football matches I have been involved in since I've come here. They are better than anything else I've had at this football club, except the Liverpool game. The two teams want to go and play football and it's usually a good spectacle. Even going on the bus we get to the pub on the right hand side as we get to the stadium and it's rammed full of Argyle fans. It shows what it means to them, and when you get into the stadium it's very good as well. This is one of the best matches I have been involved in my career.

"It will be a bit quieter. We have already met up at the Wigan game. It will be different with Kenny instead of Paul on the side-lines. He signed a two-year extension to his deal so the board of directors there must be happy with how things have gone since he's been at the football club. This season we have gone to the likes of Bradford with 20,000 and dealt well with that. The players are beginning to show their confidence in themselves; they know the confidence I have in them. I've said all along we have a good squad; we have competed well with all teams in this division and haven't got the results we have deserved."

Adams went on to give a comprehensive injury update on the players currently struggling for Argyle, including goalkeeper Luke McCormick whose return to action is delayed. Adams said:

Of McCormick: "He's still out and it will be well into December before he will return, and that's just to training At this stage, I would have thought it will be the new year before he is playing."

Of te Loeke: "He has got to see the consultant again and we will wait and see what comes out of that. He has seen the consultant but is still getting pain from his back."

Of Michael Cooper: "It depends on how quickly the swelling comes down. It is still swollen but I'm not saying he's definitely out for the weekend. I'm still looking at that possibility."

Of Ryan Taylor: "He's progressing so we will hopefully have him back in the near term. We don't have a date as yet."

Sonny Bradley revealed a tinge of disappointment at the fact that he did not do as he threatened to and net a hat-trick for Argyle on Tuesday night against Northampton: "I was a little bit disappointed that I didn't get the match-ball. I had a couple more headers at the back stick even at 2-0. I was thinking about the match-ball. I was picturing myself walking off with it. It didn't happen but I scored two and we had a clean sheet so I'm not going to complain. I have had chances this season but they haven't quite gone in for me. Once you get that first goal the confidence builds. Every time I go up for a corner or a free-kick I feel like I'm going to score. I feel unstoppable. If I'm one on one at the back stick, I feel there is no-one that can mark me. That's how I feel every time I go up.

"I had a little bit of a go at Graham before that because he was trying to put too much on the free-kicks at times. A couple went out and it was unlike him. I was a bit disappointed and I let him know. So when we did get the free-kick I went over to Foxy and said: 'Don't put too much on it. Just leave it in a nice area and I will do the rest'. That's what we did last season. He put a great ball in and, to be honest, as it was coming in I had a little look at the 'keeper because I thought he was going to take my head off. He decided to stay on his line and I knew I was going to score. Graham put it in a nice area and I was one-on-one at the back stick. I just moved the defender out the way and headed it home."

Finally, Derek Adams paid tribute to Argyle's left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair who retained his place for the win over Northampton and has made a solid start to his Argyle career since getting a foothold in the team. Adams said: "He's an accomplished player. He signed for Wigan when they were in the Championship. He has done really well in recent weeks for us. He can use the ball well. He has got a great pass down the channel, which we use quite often, and defensively he has been very sound."

22nd

Derek Adams declared himself delighted with Argyle's comprehensive victory over fellow relegation-fighters Northampton Town, particularly full of praise for how we controlled the game as well as being a threat from set plays: "I thought that we started the game very well. I thought we controlled large spells of the first half, and to score the first goal is always vital in this league. We've seen that already this season, where we've gone ahead in games and we haven't the lost the game. It is a very good delivery from David Fox, and Sonny Bradley back to doing what he's best at: scoring goals with his head. Graham put the ball in for the second goal; another good delivery and goal. We are dangerous at set plays. We have got good presence in and around that penalty box, and it was good to see us score two good goals. Set plays are vital in the modern game, because teams are tactically aware and you don't get a lot of opportunities in open play. We've shown that when we have good delivery, we have players in that penalty area that can score goals. We flashed a few across the box and Jake was just unfortunate not to get on the end of one. Jake's done really well up front for us. He's a threat in behind. When you have a striker with that running power in behind, defenders want to defend deep and they do get scared. The three in midfield were very strong and we're delighted with that. It was an important game for us, because Northampton had been on a very good run until Saturday. They were going to put us under pressure and we dealt with it. Yeah, we maybe could've won by another goal, but we're more than happy with 2-0. We did sit a bit deeper but our players are quite comfortable playing in that formation, allowing the other team to have the ball and then picking them off, and we did that late in the second half. We've got a lot of experience in this side. They know how to play the game. When they sit back in they're able to nullify the threat, and the threat was going to be a ball into the strikers or the ball down the side. We saw a number of balls go through our centre halves or we picked it up, and that was because our positional play was very good. There was one opening that they did get. I didn't see them going to trouble us over the 90 minutes. It was a windy night and we dealt well with the conditions. It's a good performance. I thought that it was an accomplished performance tonight, but I thought that in the Charlton game, we were very good that day. All-round, the back four was very solid. Yes, they got through once or twice, but we dealt well with that situation, or they missed the opportunity. I thought in the forward areas as well, we looked lively."

Double scorer Sonny Bradley echoed his manager's words in both respects, saying: "In the first ten minutes, we felt they weren't at the races; we could smell blood and went for it. Even though we scored two, we could have had four or five tonight; myself, I could have had three or four. We felt in control. They had a chance in 85th minute which went across Remi's goal and one where they tried to chip Remi. That's two chances they have had in the whole match. I don't think they were great and they will admit that."

"Saturday wasn't very good. There is no two ways about it. The red card didn't help us but, defensively, that wasn't the team that has been playing the last four or five weeks. We knew it was important today to get back on it. We looked at some clips to remember how we got results this season and we went back to basics. Foxy sat deeper, which allowed us to play a little bit more as we weren't as defensive. We were switching play and being a bit more attacking."

21st

Argyle have returned to winning ways with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Northampton. A goal in each half from Sonny Bradley (each from well delivered free-kicks) were the difference between the two sides and Argyle had many other chances to put the game to bed. Due to Michael Cooper suffering a dislocated finger, 16 year old goalkeeper Max Childs was on the bench for Argyle and thus became the first player born after the new millennium to feature in an Argyle matchday squad. Argyle: Matthews, Sawyer, Songo'o, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Diagouraga, Sarcevic, Fox, Carey(Ainsworth), Jervis(Fletcher), Grant. Subs: Childs, Miller, Lameiras, Wylde, Ciftci.

20th

Derek Adams revealed his reasoning for the use of Gary Miller as a second half substitute for Aaron Taylor-Sinclair- a substitution that baffled some Argyle fans at the time. He said: "I put Miller on to try to get a wee bit of width on the right-hand side to try to push Oxford back. Taylor-Sinclair was the one that came off. I didn't think Gary Sawyer was giving us any width in the first half where there was good scope to go forward. Subsequently, we lose a goal and then we have got to defend at that."

Adams also spoke about the potential options who could come in and replace Ryan Edwards for the game against Northampton, as well as bemoaning the bad luck his Argyle side have faced when it comes to injuries and red cards. He argued: "He has done really well for us this season but it's up to someone else to take over. We have got the likes of Jakub Sokolik, Yann Songo'o and Jordon Bentley as well that can all come in and play in that area. We have only had one defeat with eleven players on the park, and that was against Fleetwood. We've had five defeats with ten players on the park. We have beaten Charlton; drew with Shrewsbury and Rochdale. We have played a third of the games this season with ten player; six out of 18. Any team in any league will find that difficult. But we have won against the likes of Charlton, Bradford and drawn against Blackburn and Shrewsbury so the top teams in the league." We've had a goalie go off at half-time at Blackburn and have to put on an apprentice in the second half. I don't think there is a more unfortunate manager in English football than me at this stage of the season!"

Of the Northampton game specifically, he added: "They have changed their team about a bit and they have some good experience. Particularly McGugan from Nottingham Forest; he has been there before. It's very tight in the bottom 8 to 10 teams and there is a lot to play for in the coming weeks. We need to get back to having a solid base and getting back to playing with eleven players. The supporters have been very good," he said. "We had 10,800 here on Saturday and they have been very supportive of the players, that is a major plus for us."

19th

Whilst pleased with Argyle's initial response to going down to ten men, Derek Adams was left fuming at Argyle's defensive ineptitude in the second half as they shipped three goals that could fairly be described as soft even with ten men on the field. The manager said: "I thought we responded well. In the first half, we got forward into good areas. We made them look a wee bit nervous for a period of time. Graham Carey hits the post; it comes back off the 'keeper and out for a corner. In the second half, Jake Jervis has a great chance to make it 1-1. Then, we concede – and the three goals we concede in the second half are terrible defending. I thought the goals were given away far too easily with the way some of their players were waltzing around our players. We've got to defend a lot better than we did today. It's not like us, but some of the defending for the goals was terrible. I've got to say that. We've had a lot of praise on how well we've defended, but the goals we conceded in the second half were far too easy, from my point of view. Ryan Edwards going and Yann going back into the back four probably didn't help us. But we still had ten players behind the ball at times. We allowed them to get easy possession and chances that shouldn't have happened. We should still be defending better. The back four could've done a lot better. Even the midfielders in the wider areas; we didn't do well enough. Going forward in the first half, Graham and Joel Grant weren't at it. Jake Jervis was probably the shining light up front again. We get what we get from Toums and Fox in the midfield, with good passing and work rate."

"Oxford can move the ball quickly and precisely, and they did that," Derek said of United. "They were able to get forward runners from midfield. They were able to gamble a wee bit more than we could, because they had that extra man. That's what they did. They're all very comfortable on the ball. Us going down to ten men did allow them to have that added advantage, but in the first half, we did compete with them. Even in the second half, at stages, we had opportunities. But defensively today, we weren't as good as we have been."

If he was unhappy with Argyle's defending, Argyle was equally miffed with the decision by the referee to send off Ryan Edwards in the early stages of the match, saying: "It obviously turns on the sending off, very early in the match. I think it was not long after 10 minutes that Edwards gets sent off. I haven't seen the incident again, but I'm told that because Ryan didn't make an attempt to win the ball, that's why he was sent off. I haven't seen it yet. It seemed, to me, harsh at the time, because of how quickly the sending off occurred. I couldn't tell you if Ryan tried to play the ball or if he took the man. From where I was, all I saw was Thomas go beside him. After that, I couldn't tell you what happened. I just saw two bodies on the ground. The referee has stated that if Ryan Edwards had attempted to play the ball, he'd have got a booking, but he thought he did not attempt to play the ball. I did think in the build-up to the goal that it was offside. I have been told by the fourth official that the linesman said it was Gary Sawyer who was playing him onside. I don't know how correct that is."

Adams however did go on to confirm that Argyle are not appealing the red card due to a lack of clear evidence, explaining: "If you slow the footage down you see that Ryan does not touch him with his feet. Thomas's arm goes on top of Ryan Edwards's arm before he falls to the ground. We just haven't got the right angle to give us the footage that is beneficial. We can slow it down from behind but I don't think that's going to be enough."

Gary Sawyer was in full agreement with his manager on both the validity of the sending off and the inadequacy of Argyle's response to it, arguing: "It looked a bit soft, to be honest. It looked like they got a little bit tangled up. Some ref's give them and some refs don't – unfortunately it went against us today. I spoke to him after he'd pulled out the red card and just told me he felt it was a sending-off and he stopped a goal. I was expecting him to pull a yellow card out. I didn't think he would send him off. Obviously, in years gone, you do get sent off for that – if he is going to give the penalty, he had to send him off – but because of how the rule is written now, I would have liked to have seen a yellow card for that. Obviously the referee didn't deem that so he gave a red card. We have just come off the back of one of our best results, away to Bradford. I think that is why it is more frustrating – to then come home, not have the travelling, and play on a better pitch, and do that to ourselves, shoot ourselves in the foot. You can't use that as an excuse – we're more professional than that," he said. "Four goals is not good enough, with ten men or eleven men. Obviously it's more difficult when you go down to ten men. We got to half-time 1-0 down, we did well to do that, I think. Then it just didn't work for us in the second half. We let in sloppy goals, and that's not like us, of late."

Sawyer was consoled however by the thought that Argyle would soon have a chance to put things right with the next match coming on Tuesday against Northampton Town: "Having another game on Tuesday is the perfect way to get over something like that. The boys will be disappointed, and rightly so. It's not a performance to the levels we can do and have done in previous weeks, so we need to get over that. The last six games we have had have been good from ourselves, good performances. It's frustrating for the boys, and everyone has got to have a look at themselves and go again on Tuesday. You can't dwell on these too long because they affect your next one. So, get the disappointment out tonight, think about it, and get up in the morning, ready to go again. There are a lot of things to look at and get right before Tuesday.

"With G's one, he hits the post; it comes back; hits the 'keeper; and goes wide. On other days, they go in the back of the net, but it wasn't meant to be. We had a chance right at the start of the second, and things like that changes games. Unfortunately, we didn't get that, but we didn't defend well enough to keep it at 1-0. Football happens like that, unfortunately, sometimes. It isn't the way we planned it, but we have to roll the dice now and go for Tuesday.

"The home form is something we need to improve on and we need to do it as quick as possible. Your home place is where you'd like to consider the bulk of you points come from; our one is switched at the minute, where the bulk of points are coming from aways, which isn't like a lot of teams. Especially with the travelling we have to do, it doesn't make a lot of sense. We've got a professional group in here – players, staff, everyone involved with this football club. The club has definitely been heading in the right direction and we want to continue doing that, so Tuesday is step for us to do that."

18th

Argyle's unbeaten run has crashed to a dramatic end with a 4-0 home defeat to Oxford United. Argyle were always likely to be up against it from the early stages where Ryan Edwards was dismissed for an alleged professional foul (his second red card of the season): Oxford duly converted the penalty and took the lead. Argyle kept things on an even keel for the rest of the first half but the visitors broke away in the second, scoring three goals as well as having plenty more opportunities. Argyle: Matthews, Sawyer, Edwards, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Fox, Songo'o, Diagouraga(Sarcevic), Carey, Jervis, Grant(Lameiras). Subs: Cooper, Ainsworth, Wylde, Fletcher.

16th

Derek Adams reflected on a busy midweek at Home Park, with a home FA Youth Cup victory and an away Central League defeat giving the Argyle gaffer plenty to think about ahead of the Oxford game. He said: "Before I came here, getting reserve games was something that the first team struggled to do but we've been able to find a way and the youngsters have done that the other night – it's good to see the trend following its way down the football club. It was 1-0 down, back to 1-1, then it looked like Wimbledon were going to win the game 2-1, but then we scored two late goals to get ourselves the win. It was very late, and a good goal from Klaidi Lolos to finish it off. They've got a fantastic experience of playing Man City at home in the next round. We're not going to ask too much of them because it's a very tough game. We understand that Man City are one of the best Academies in England. I think we've just got to be careful and not get too carried away. We're not in the same league as Man City but the boys have got to be really excited at being able to play against one of the best teams in England.

"The Bournemouth game was a good game from both sides, a lot of good football on show and good technical ability. It was just good to get the fitness for the players that have been substitutes, or been injured for a period of time. So it was a worthwhile exercise. They all got 90 minutes, which was very beneficial, and the tempo of the game, after probably the first 15 minutes, was high intensity.

"Nadir Ciftici had a good 90 minutes yesterday and 70 minutes in the Peninsula League on Friday night, so his fitness levels are coming back and he's overcoming his injury, like a few of them. We'll look to continue his progress with getting him back fully fit.

"Ryan Taylor went over on his ankle so he wasn't able to get any minutes in the game. I wouldn't have thought it was anything serious because he was able to walk during the afternoon."

Argyle are no longer bottom of the table going into the game against Oxford United but Adams insisted he was taking things on a game by game basis and not yet getting too carried away with the league table: "Winning and picking up points is what we're looking at. We're looking to try and do that on Saturday against Oxford. We've put in a lot of strong performances this season and we're getting the points we probably deserve now. We've had a good spell of results recently," he said. "I'm delighted with the progress we're making. We've obviously gone to a team that were third in the league and won, and drawn against the top of the table in Shrewsbury. We've drawn against Blackburn and won against Charlton and they're all around about the top. We feel, coming up from League Two, that we're competing and now we're getting the results our play probably deserves.

"Oxford have changed the manager since the last time we played against them in League Two and progressed as a football club. They've stabilised in the division last year and they've changed their philosophy a wee bit in footballing terms, taking in different players."

He went on to speak about the prospects of Graham Carey returning to the starting eleven now his suspension has been served He's performed very well for us, but the team last week did exactly the same. Graham is a big player for us and he's created a good number of chances this season for other players and scored a few goals. But we obviously won last week against Bradford so time will tell."

Yann Songo'o stated his keenness for Argyle to start turning performances into results at home in front of Argyle's loyal fans, where Songo'o believes Argyle play their best football. The utility man said: "The fans are a big part for us. They want to see us playing well; they've been good after a really bad start and they have been sticking behind us.' We played for them as well. Seven hundred fans coming up north is just amazing. So sometimes when we we're getting tired, we just think about what the fans are doing for us and about them staying behind us for 90 minutes. They deserve a lot of credit for that. We feel really confident right now and obviously, at home, we play better football at home than we do away. Away, we just try and grind the result out; at home we try and play a little bit more football. I don't think we could play Oxford at a better time. They've got a really good squad but I really believe we can get the three points on Saturday.

"The result at Bradford showed off the work we've been doing the past few weeks. It was a really great result to build confidence within the team. I think things are starting to go our way and we want them to continue going our way. We knew we would get chances in the game and we wanted Bradford to come at us and we could use Jake's pace in behind, and Lionel Ainsworth and Joel Grant to get ball behind them to get that chance. When we scored, it was perfect timing, just ten minutes before half time.

"We know how solid we are now and we've started to get the solidity we had last season and we are difficult to score against. In the last five games, we have only conceded two or three goals. We are going in the right direction and we are taking games week by week. The atmosphere at the training ground is amazing; we genuinely feel that its going to be hard to beat us. That's the same thing as last season and hopefully we can carry that forward throughout the season."

14th

Argyle will host Man City in the third round of the FA Cup on a date yet to be determined following a dramatic late 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the competition. Academy manager Kevin Hodges spoke about Greek star Klaidi Lolos who scored Argyle's winning goal: "He was born in Greece but came over to England. He had trials with Reading; I think he went to Liverpool; and he signed for Crystal Palace and spent a few years there. At 16, he picked up a bit of an injury and, at that important time, they felt they weren't in a position to offer him anything so they released him in January this year. Watching him, we felt he had something so we kept some tabs on him and what the outcome for him would be at Birmingham. When we found out that they never offered him anything, we invited him down for a couple of weeks trial and he showed he had some potential. He's got a bit of an edge about him. He's just turned 17 so he's an older one of his year-group, but still young, so has lots of valuable time to work with; he's a good size and there's a lot of potential for him."

12th

Derek Adams was emphatic in his belief that Argyle's performances have been good all season and that only now have results started to reflect that. He went on to decry the penalty that was given to Bradford late on in the game: "The results have changed but, performance-wise, we have been very good all season. As I have said before, no team has outplayed us this season and I keep on saying we will do very well this season. We want to continue progressing and we'll do that. We've got a good group of players. Their work-ethic is outstanding and that will get us ahead of the game because we have got individual players in the team who have got quality. We have competed very well this season and we feel we can move on now. It was a very good performance by us today. We defended very well and came away with what we deserved, which was three points. Overall, it was a top performance from us against a team that probably ran out of ideas. I've seen it on the video – it's not a penalty. The boy goes down very easily. He gets inside Taylor-Sinclair and falls to the ground. The linesman does not give it; the referee takes so long to give it, it's unbelievable. Not a penalty. As a referee, you need to be 100% that it is going to be a penalty. He couldn't be 100% because the time he took to make the decision; how far away he was from the incident; he didn't make it in a split second. He got the referee out of jail, because it wasn't a penalty. Remi has been very good for this football club and we are delighted to have him. We hope to have him for longer."

Adams went on to praise Argyle's squad depth following the win, saying: "We have got a very, very good squad and we'll keep showing this season that we can compete with anyone in this league. We have come away from home against one of the very good sides in this league, put on a very good performance, and we collected three points. We probably should have done better on the counter-attack but, overall, to come away from home to a place that holds 20,000 fans and win 1-0...we did what we had to do. We have got a very good squad. We were without seven or eight players today – injuries and a suspension – but we have got a lot of good players and you have seen that today. The season is a long, long season and we're just getting our suspensions and injuries back. You can see that there's nothing in this league between top and bottom – Bradford were in third position in this league and we're at the other end of the table – and I haven't seen anything to scare us in this league. We could have done better in and around their area, picked them off, because they were pushing forward. Jake Jervis was giving their centre-backs a torrid time and we looked like we could have got a second".

The man of the moment, Remi Matthews himself, said of the situation: "Luke is doing all he can to get fit – of course he is. Once that happens, it's time for me to go down the road and that's just the way it is. When I first came in, I thought it was going to be one or two games; thankfully, for me, it's been longer. From Day One, I have enjoyed it since I have been here. The lads have been a different class. They have made me feel welcome; the fans have made me feel welcome. It's a nice place to be and the atmosphere is excellent. It's not about me – it's about the team. Of course, I made the penalty save, but that's what I'm here to do. I've been brought in to make saves and hopefully help the team to win games. At the minute, that is what we have been doing, and all I can ask is for the team to keep doing what they are doing. The team has been excellent even before I got here. The problem has been that we haven't been picking up results and luckily, at the minute, we are; you can see, from the last four or five games, we have been good. We can only keep pushing on. We have just got to keep getting as many points as we can and hopefully get out of relegation as quick as we can. It was a massive win for the lads. Once we got the goal, they were probably going to be on top for the majority of the game but we defended unbelievably and, when you have got that in front of you, you can't ask for any more. I thought Sonny Bradley was a different class and, even from the top, I thought we were excellent.

"My honest opinion was that it looked soft, but the ref's made his decision and you have just got to forget about it and start thinking about making the save which, luckily, I did. I had a guess. I saw McMahon have a little look the other way so I thought I'm maybe going to have a little step that way and go back the way he went. Sometimes it makes no difference – you just have to go with your instincts."

11th

Argyle have made it six games unbeaten with a marvellous 1-0 away victory at Bradford who were third at the start of play. Argyle's goal was a sublime breakway effort in which David Fox played a defence splitting pass for Lionel Ainsworth who crossed perfectly for Jake Jervis to tap the ball home. Bradford tested Argyle's defence all second half and eventually were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes to go but it was superbly saved by Remi Matthews and Argyle climbed off the bottom of the table. Argyle: Matthews, Sawyer, Edwards, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Songo'o, Fox(Blissett), Diagouraga, Ainsworth(Sarcevic), Jervis, Grant. Subs: Cooper, Miller, Lameiras, Wylde, Fletcher.

10th

Argyle will host AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy, if the greens progress by winning their group. If Argyle qualify in second place, they will travel to Milton Keynes Dons in the next stage of the competition. All will be revealed for sure when Argyle meet Yeovil on November 28 at Huish Park in the final group game. A win would secure Argyle's progression as group winners, but all positions are possible.

9th

Derek Adams looked ahead to Saturday's league tie away at Bradford, hoping to maintain the current momentum: "We look at the League game on Saturday and the FA Cup will wait. The League game doesn't because it's the next game on the calendar. We're in a good run of form and we want to go there and pick up maximum points. They're doing really well and we got one of the toughest ties away from home in the FA Cup. We had a really tough time against Grimsby because they are doing well in League Two so we would rather that we had a team we haven't played for many years down in the divisions. It's another long trip for us but we just have to get on with it, we didn't get very fortunate with the draw in both ties.They played Chesterfield and they got a home tie against ourselves so I'm sure they'll be happy from that aspect but I don't think they'll be happy it's another League One club they're playing against. Bradford are probably thinking the same thing but it's the next round of the cup where we want to progress. We are well supported as a football club, the supporters have shown their appreciation to the team and we just want to keep on picking up points in the League and putting ourselves in a better position but we want to continue progressing through the rounds of the FA Cup and also in the Checkatrade Trophy as well."

Centre-back Ryan Edwards stated his pleasure with Argyle's 5 match unbeaten run but was cautious to note that there is still a large amount of work to be done especially with regard to turning draws into wins: "Obviously, we would have liked the draws to be converted into wins and that is what we are still working on. At the end of the day, we are still points short of where we want to be, and we need to gain them as quick as we can and climb up the table. But we had a good win the cup, away from the league, and it's up to us to try to carry that on and hopefully get a result on Saturday. I feel like we have tightened up a lot defensively. Since Yann Songo'o has been in front of me and Sonny Bradley that has helped a lot. People are noticing it and he seems to be getting a lot of credit, and rightly so. He sometimes takes the pressure off me and Sonny, and the back four. I think that has played a big part in us tightening up and shutting up shop a bit. Hopefully we can keep doing that, we can come up with a few more goals and start getting more points.

Of star man Graham Carey, Edwards added: "You can see every day in training the quality he has got and it's just starting to click for him now. He's capable of scoring from anywhere, from what I have seen of playing with him and against him. He can set them up as well. Going back to playing against him, he has scored some worldie goals against me," added the former Morecambe centre-back. I have never seen him score one from five yards. The penalty at Walsall this season was the only one that wasn't a screamer.I see the Grimsby manager said they should have nailed him. I think that was the only way they could have stopped him because he was on fire."

Sonny Bradley meanwhile reserved praise for loanee goalkeeper Remi Matthews who has come in and adapted well since being called upon under straining circumstances. Bradley said: "Remi has come in and I think he has been outstanding for us. Not only in the games on a Saturday, but he has been brilliant in training. Some players from bigger clubs come in on loan and they don't commit to it 100 per cent. Remi gives it everything every day. He has given us a bit of a boost, to be honest. He's a good guy, a great character in the dressing room and I haven't got enough good things to say about him. If Remi does eventually have to go back, which might be inevitable, then we have got Luke back in – and Luke is Luke."

7th

Derek Adams admitted to being not best pleased with drawing fellow League One side Bradford in the FA Cup second round, saying: "I don't think any club wants to have a team from their own league in a cup competition. We play each other twice a season and it's always nice to have somebody outwith. I'm sure Bradford will think the same way. It's another long trip for us but we just have to get on with it. You see some of the teams and they have been able to get preferable draws against opposition below them. We have had a tough first round game against Grimsby, who are going well in League Two, and another tough one against Bradford, who are third in League One."

Argyle's striker Ryan Taylor who has missed almost all of the season with a broken ankle may be close to a return to first team action in the first few weeks. Adams confirmed: "He's joining in with a few bits in training. We are delighted that he's back involved with the ball now."

6th

Argyle have been drawn away to Bradford City in the second round of the FA Cup. The tie will be played on the weekend of December 1-4. Coincidentally, Argyle meet Bradford in League One this Saturday, three weeks before the sides meet once again in the cup.

5th

Sonny Bradley is looking on the positive side of things following Argyle's FA Cup victory over Grimsby and looking ahead to the game to come against Bradford at the weekend. He said: "Coming into the game, for us, this was our biggest game of the season. It was important for us. The manager told us we needed to be in the hat for the next round. Throughout the game, we treated it like any normal game. In the first half, Graham Carey… was just Graham Carey. When he turns it on, he's unplayable. He's scored one and maybe could've had two or three. I think Joel Grant could've had one; Jake Jervis could've had three or four. It wasn't to be, so we went into half time. We wanted the second goal, but it was important for us to get the clean sheet; obviously it would win us the game. I think we got to about 75 minutes and we realised we weren't going to score, so we shut up shop. It reminded me of last season; we did that a lot last season. We'd go a goal in front and that would be it. We just shut up shop. It's an important result for us. It carries on our small unbeaten run and it's good for us going into Bradford, because Bradford's going to be a tough one. We've had to work hard to try and find the shape to get results. I think now it's starting to come together. As players, we always believed it would. We've come a long way, even from a couple of weeks ago. We're going in the right direction now and it's just got to continue into next week. We were four unbeaten coming into the game; now we're five unbeaten, building that winning mentality going into the next game. We know that if we defend well, if we stay in shape, we are very, very hard to break down. Bradford are a good team; very good at home as well. But now we're coming off the back of some good results. I think if we go there with the right game plan and the right attitude, I think we'll comfortably get a result."

Bradley also gave an insight into Argyle's togetherness after the post-match players meeting that lasted over an hour after the match against Fleetwood last month, saying: "In that meeting, in a nutshell, what we said is we've got to stick together. We've got to work even harder and, if we do, then the results will come. We've proved that that can happen. When results aren't going our way, you stick together – not only as players, but as staff as well. That's exactly what we're doing at the minute. Nobody's turning against each other. I've been in dressing rooms before and players have turned against staff, players turn against players. Before you know it, the downward spiral is so rapid it's frightening. We realise that we can't do that. We're going to stick together. Yann does a lot of work for us; for me and Eddy. I could be here for the next three hours praising Yann for how good he's been so far this season. We've found a way to make it work. Me and Eddy sit a little deeper, trying to talk to Yann and control Yann, screen him and stop it going into the strikers. Then we just build from there. The fans have been right behind us every game. Every home game; every away game; even when we've been beat, they've waited until the end and clapped us off the pitch. I still don't think we're anywhere near our best. I think we can jump up a couple of gears and become an even better team. When we do, we won't be bottom of the league."

Derek Adams was keen to refute any notion that Argyle are a one man team in his post-match interview, praising the midfielders and central striker just as much as on form Graham Carey. Adams said: "He could have had another couple of goals. He was coming in off that right-hand side and they didn't double up on him. He was allowed to get in easily to the 18-yard box and cause trouble. We were unfortunate we didn't extend the lead before half-time. It was a very good performance from us today. We started the game exceptionally well and we caused Grimsby a lot of trouble most of the afternoon. The chances we created, we could have finished it off before half-time with some of our passing and movement and creating from both sides – Graham was obviously more prominent on the right-hand side but Joel was on the left, as well. We controlled the game very well; stopped the threat of the ball into their strikers. All afternoon, we were by far the better outfit. It looked like that for the 90 minutes. The midfield three have good experience between the three of them; they are all different types of players; they all play in and around that central zone where games can be dominated, and we have shown we can deal with the best teams in this league. They allow us to go and play at times, and Carey and Grant have a licence to do that with Jervis up front. We have seen that we can be a threat. He can run down the sides; he can cause trouble to defenders; he plays that position from the point of view that he runs beyond his markers and that stretches the game, allowing our wider players to come to the ball and cause trouble for the opposition. He is not a player who comes to the ball, takes a touch and takes the ball in, he's more the one. He is more one that runs in behind. He does a job for the team and that is what we need. When any ball is played in behind the full-back and it's a race between him and the centre-half, the centre-half has got a real problem. Then what happens is the centre-halves go deeper and deeper and that allows us to have extra space in the middle of the park to play. It is always important that you go on unbeaten runs and we're on that now. It was a tricky fixture for us today because Grimsby have gone a lot of games unbeaten recently in their division and there would have been a few people expecting them to come here and win. But we have shown the quality we have got."

Adams also confirmed that the aim of the game is another plum third round tie as Argyle anticipate the second round draw which is the last before the big boys enter the fray: "We would like to have a favourable draw in the next round so that we can get a crack at the third round again. We saw, last year, how well it was to go to Anfield, and we would like to try to do the same again so, hopefully, the draw is kind to us. We would take a home draw. There are a lot of good teams in the second round. We saw them come out of the hat in the first-round draw a couple of weeks ago and you say 'We don't want them...we don't want them...' we didn't want Grimsby, to be fair, but we got them. It gets to that stage where it only takes a knock-down from one of their players and a ricochet, and it could be a goal – but I felt we did well with that threat. We had bodies in and around the 18-yard box. We had to deal with a number of long balls, especially in the second half, when big Jamille came on – he tried to put himself and get on the end of things. We dealt well with that. You are always a wee bit apprehensive when Jamille comes on. We probably should have finished them off to give us a 2-0 or 3-0 lead and not allowing them the confidence to try to get back into the game. We have had troubles at the start of the season through injury and suspension. We have had a lot of good performances and we haven't had the results that our play has deserved, but, today, we deserved to score a lot more goals than we did."

4th

Argyle have progressed into the second round of the FA Cup following a 1-0 win at home to Grimsby. Graham Carey continued his excellent recent form by firing Argyle into the lead in the 9th minute and the greens saw out the game without any further goals. Goalscorer Carey is unfortunately suspended for Saturday's trip to Bradford following the accumulation of his fifth yellow card of the season during the game. Argyle: Matthews, Sawyer, Edwards, Bradley, Taylor-Sinclair, Songo'o, Diagouraga, Fox, Carey, Jervis, Grant(Ainsworth). Subs: Cooper, Miller, Lameiras, Wylde, Blissett, Fletcher.

3rd

Derek Adams is hoping that Argyle can build on their Anfield experience last season to give them the motivation needed to get the job done against Grimsby in the first round. He said: "Obviously going to Anfield last year and taking Liverpool to a draw and taking them back to Argyle for the replay, was a very good experience. I think it's always important that you have moments like that throughout your career. As a manager, it was nice to take a team to a Premier League ground and pit your wits against better opposition. That's what Liverpool were, and we were able to nullify them. We went to Anfield and drew the game in front of a live TV audience all over the world. It was a full house at Anfield, and then for the replay here it was a full house again. So financially, it was a huge boost to the football club, like the play-off final the season before. It always helps a football club run. They're much the same as last year. They've made a few additions to their squad but they're playing the same style. They were difficult opponents last year and this year we'll have to be better than we were last year. They're set up in a way that's hard to beat but we've got players in the team who can score goals. They're mid table in League Two, pushing to get into that play-off position, so we'll just try and progress and get into round two."

2nd

Derek Adams has given his latest lengthy update on Argyle's long injured list ahead of Saturday's FA Cup match against Grimsby. He spoke of a number of players, saying: ""Kyle Letheren is out for four months. He's had an operation on his thigh muscle. He had the tendon sewn back on last week, and from that date it was up to four months before he could return. Robbert Te Loeke has still got a problem with his disc in his back. He's got a bulging disc and he needs to go back to the consultant to see if he might require an operation. Luke McCormick is recovering from his ankle injury slowly. He's tried to return a couple of times with the 'keeper coach. He's felt his ankle has been too sore."

"Ryan Taylor's moving along. He's done some light training. He's behind schedule; he should have been back before now but he is with us doing light training at this moment in time. He started on Monday, so we're just easing him back into training at this moment in time.

"Jamie Ness came back into training at the end of last week for a couple of days, and he's been training again this week, so he should be back up to speed very soon. Oscar's still with the physiotherapist. He had a hairline fracture that hadn't healed properly after nine weeks. It was supposed to heal after four-to-five weeks but there was an issue around that."

After last season's FA Cup run which saw Argyle progress to round three to face Liverpool, David Fox has got cup fever again and is hoping Argyle can once more go on a run. He said: "That was a really enjoyable day and occasion. We took lots of fans, and to get a result as well…those two games last year were really good. That's what we are in here for trying to get these big clubs in the next round, every team in the club is going to try and do the same. They are doing alright in their league. They are winning games and they are tough to beat. Last season we struggled against them; I'm sure they will have different players and a different way of playing. We are expecting a tough test and we are at home and that's the positive we can take. We have got to try and put the good form we are in at the minute and put it into a win. The results have helped and confidence has picked up, you can see that in training everyday and the lads are a bit bubblier as there's a bit of confidence coming back into the place now. You get that from getting results and you get that from not getting beat and that's what is happening at the minute."

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