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Argyle v Carlisle - Reasons to be Cheerful

17 August 2015

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AS Argyle look to open their points account at Home Park on Tuesday, HADEN TYE finds the reasons why we should be optimistic...

Long journey home
The Cumbrians have clearly struggled with the distance between Cumbria and Devon - they have only managed to take a mere point back to Brunton Park from their last 11 fixtures at Home Park, losing the other ten. You would have to go back to 1978 to find the last time Carlisle had a successful road trip to Plymouth, as the Cumbrians won 1-0 in front of 4,744 spectators at Home Park. 

Been there, done that
Argyle won last year's fixture at Home Park against Carlisle 1-0, with Lewis Alessandra scoring the winner for the Pilgrims. Out of the 11 Argyle players that started that day, seven players are still at Argyle. Bobby Reid, Anthony O'Connor and Lewis Alessandra are all playing there football elsewhere this season, and Dominic Blizzard yet to find a new club.

Wylde start to the season
Gregg Wylde has scored twice for Argyle in League 2 already this season - those two goals account for a quarter of his goals as a professional footballer. In his six years prior to Argyle, Gregg has six goals to his name - so the Scotsman is already beating his average per season, and will look to add to his tally against Carlisle.

Goals at either end
Whilst over 11,000 fans were watching Portsmouth come out victorious at Home Park on Saturday, over 6,000 fans watched an extraordinary game between Carlisle and Cambridge, 4-4 the final score line. Reuben Reid will see this as a chance to open his tally for the season, but Argyle's defence will be wary of Jabo Ibehre, who has scored six goals in three games for the Cumbrians. Keeping him quiet could be essential on Tuesday night.


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