Lessons Learned

LUKE Young came as close as anyone to making Wednesday’s night’s FA Cup with Budweiser first-round replay unnecessary.

When Lincoln and Argyle met at Sincil Bank the Saturday before last, it was the 20-year-old Plymothian who so nearly capped a strong Pilgrims’ finish with the winning goal, poking the ball just wide when through one-on-one with the home goalkeeper.

If the lessons are learned from game one, it could mean a first FA Cup win for Argyle for six seasons when the teams resume battle at Home Park.

“From my point of view, we were better in the second half,” said Luke, of the goal-less draw. “We controlled the game a little bit more and upped the tempo. That played into our hand.

“If we can take the game to them, use our passing game that we know we can do, hopefully we can get through to the next round. We need to try to take that and put it into a bigger perspective going into this game.”

While Argyle were drawing 1-1 at York, Skrill Premier League Lincoln lost 4-1 at Forest Green Rovers but Luke believes that might be a curse for Argyle, rather than a blessing.

He said: “I know they have just come off the back of a defeat but what better place to come than down here on that pitch, in front of a crowd, in the FA Cup, when everyone knows anything could happen?

“We know what to expect from them. Obviously, they are a physical side; set-pieces are going to be a massive part of their game and we have got to limit that as much as we can, but we have got to concentrate on the things that we do well.

“If we can do that, then we should make it a good night for us.”