The Possible Dream
ARGYLE still have one more Sky Bet League 2 to go before they can start focusing fully on the play-offs, but that has not stopped their latest goal-hero from daring to dream.
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis became the 17th different Pilgrim to score this season when he netted Argyle’s second in their 3-2 home win over Tranmere Rovers which all but guaranteed their participation in the post-season shakedown.
Only a freak set of results on the final weekend of the campaign, when the Pilgrims visit Shrewsbury, will deny them extending their season. If they do, Tareiq is sure Argyle will be a match for anyone.
“We have just got to turn up and do what we know we can do and what we have done in a few games this season,” he said. “It’s about the best team on the day and hopefully that will be us.”
The best team and the best fans: nearly 10,000 showed up for Saturday’s final home league game of the campaign, and Tareiq reckons that figure will be topped in the play-off semi-final.
“The atmosphere has been great,” said the 19-year-old. “In this scenario, everyone would come down and I am sure the atmosphere will be even better. It was a good feeling. It makes you want to go and win it now.”
Winning it would, of course, mean a trip to the home of football and only a second ever Wembley visit for Argyle. It is a prospect that has been whetting appetites in the Argyle dressing-room since Tareiq’s fellow loanee Bobby Reid went to watch his Bristol City team-mates win this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
“It would be decent,” said Tareiq. “If we get to the final, I would be playing there way sooner than I could have imagined. It would be amazing; Bobby has told me, when he went with Bristol [City], how great it was, so it gives you that incentive to get there.
“And when you get there, you want to win; you don’t want to get there and be second best.
“But we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves; we have just got to take each game as it comes.”