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10 August 2015

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ALTHOUGH his debut in the Argyle dugout will not come in Sky Bet League 2...

...new PIlgrims manager Derek Adams is looking forward to a 'very good occasion' on Tuesday night as Argyle host League 1 club Gillingham in the Capital One Cup.

Argyle's manager got off to a successful start with an impressive 2-0 win away at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, while Gillingham also had a successful weekend with a 4-0 win against Sheffield United that leaves them top of League 1 at this embryonic stage. 

Ahead of his home competitive bow, Derek said: "I'm looking forward to it. You look forward to every game, especially home matches. We've got a League 1 club coming to Home Park and it will be a very good occasion. It's a competition we want to do well in.

"We know how difficult it is going to be but we are at home and we've come off a very impressive performance on Saturday.

"They've obviously come off a very good result on Saturday against Sheffield United, and from my point of view it's good to have League 1 opposition come to us. It will be a good test. They have played a number of different formations in pre-season so it will be interesting to see what they will do Tuesday night."

"They've stuck to one they played against Portsmouth in the second-half of their friendly match on Saturday so I would presume that they will go with the same. They also could change their team around a bit. It will be interesting to see if that is the case. We are fully aware of Gillingham's strengths and weaknesses.

"They've scored a number of goals from set-plays and one from a long throw-in as well. We are aware of the dangers in the team. [Bradley] Dack, obviously playing off the front, is a danger who has been mooted of going to a few clubs with bids going in. We'll look at trying to stop them but then trying to get against their weaknesses as well.

"It's a game that we want to win. We would like to progress in the League Cup, and financially it's obviously beneficial to the football club."

Derek didn't want to give his team selection away, but suggest that we not see too many changes to the team that won so well at Wimbledon on Saturday: "I haven't decided yet but I don't envisage that there would be too many changes to Saturday.

"Everybody is in great spirits. Everybody is looking forward to the match, they want to play at home; they've got that opportunity. We've got three games at home coming up. The pitch will be heavily watered anyway with the rain we've had.

"You always want to do well at home. You have to take the opposition into [consideration] as well. They are a league above us and they will be looking to do well. We'll just get on with it, we're looking to put in a good performance tomorrow night."


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