Road Warriors

ON stats alone, Argyle are already twice the team they were last season following Saturday’s thrilling 2-1 win at Hartlepool.

Second-half goals either side of Scott Fenwick’s penalty, by Carl McHugh and Kelvin Mellor – in the final minute – secured the win and gave manager Derek Adams his seventh away Sky Bet League 2 win from the first 11 of their 23 away matches.

“We have got the same away wins now as we had in the whole of last season,” said Derek, “and that’s very important at this stage. Our away form is excellent and you need to do that to do well in this league.”

It has not happened by accident. An upturn in pointage on the road was targeted by Derek when he took over at Home Park in the summer.

“It’s important you look to see how you can improve the side and that was one of the areas we had to improve this season,” he said. “Yes, we need to win at home, but it’s important that you can win away from home as well."

More than 250 members of the Green Army watched the win and Derek was pleased they, too, had their rewards.

“It’s not easy: when you are looking at the Christmas period, there is a lot of expense to come away from home,” he said. “It’s fantastic backing we had today. They sung their hearts out and we appreciate them coming with us today.”

The Pilgrims have Home Park comforts next time out, when they face Yeovil Town in Westcountry Boxing Day derby.

Derek said: “They are all big games – there is no bigger game than any other. The next game is the biggest game; we see that week in week out in this league. Anybody can beat anybody in this league.”