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Opposition In Focus: Plymouth Argyle

1 April 2016

A closer look at the Pilgrims

THE GRECIANS are looking to continue their excellent recent run as the much anticipated Devon derby takes place at St James Park.

City are on a hot run of form after a convincing win at Crawley Town last time out, and they now face rivals Plymouth Argyle as Paul Tisdale’s men push for a play-off place in Sky Bet League 2.

The Pilgrims have won their last two matches, beating Morecambe 2-0 on Good Friday and swiftly following that with a 3-2 victory over York City.

ARGYLE SEARCHING FOR AUTOMATIC PROMOTION

Plymouth have spent most of the season in the top three, and are still in a strong position to achieve promotion to Sky Bet League 1 next term.
 
With Northampton Town seemingly the runaway leaders at the top of the table, it leaves Argyle and Oxford United to defend the second and third positions, with Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers also battling to gain an automatic promotion place.
 
Prior to the consecutive victories over the Easter period, the Pilgrims had been on a poor run of form, which saw them fail to win in four consecutive matches. Having gone 3-0 up against York on Monday, they conceded twice, leaving the Home Park crowd feeling anxious for the final few minutes.

DEREK ADAMS WARY OF CITY THREAT

Saturday’s opposition manager Derek Adams knows that the derby match will be a difficult occasion for his side as City continue to fight for a play-off place.

Talking to Argyle’s official website, Adams said: “[City] have come off a good win away from home, and we’re fresh off a good win as well, so it makes for a very good game. We’ve played them twice this season, so we know what we’ve got to do.”

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

When the two sides last met, City took all three points against their arch-rivals as Ryan Harley scored twice in a 2-1 win at Home Park.
 
This will be the third contest between the sides this season, as Argyle knocked City out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in October.

The clubs have met eighty-six times altogether, with City taking twenty-seven wins compared to Argyle's thirty-four.

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