Following the Form

ARGYLE defender Gary Sawyer is hoping his side take their league winning form into the Emirates FA Cup this Saturday against Carlisle United.

The Pilgrims have won 11 of their 16 league games this season, leaving them five points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table. Keeping up the winning ways will be something manager Derek Adams and his players will want to do in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday and hope to repeat in Tuesday’s fixture against Millwall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Greens left back Sawyer said: “It’s come at a good time with us in good form but the league is the main priority so it’s a bit frustrating having a break when we’re doing so well. However, it’d be nice to have a good run in the cup too.

“Winning breeds confidence and we’ve been winning; so we’re really confident at the minute. We’re in a good run of form and we don’t want that to break up by being in the cup. We need to get that sorted so we can go into the next round and obviously take it into the next game in the Johnstone’s Paint -  then get back to the league.

“I think it’s great to have a cup run; it makes the club really buzz. We’re doing so well in the league at the minute, it’d be nice to have a good cup run as well.”

The cup competition comes from familiar opponents in the form of the Cumbrians who have already traveled to the West Country for a league match this season. That encounter saw Argyle come away with all three points in a 4-1 win. The Blue and White army cannot be underestimated however, as Sawyer says the game was the proverbial one of two halves. 

“I don’t think it was a 4-1 game really," said Gary. "I think we were very lucky in the first half, second half I thought we blew them away though to be fair.

“They caught us on our toes a bit but they’re a good side; they’ve got good players. It’s a tough game for us.

“It’s not a great draw for them. We would feel the same if it was the other way round and we were going up there. That’s a good thing for us; hopefully it takes our mind off it a little bit.

“We’re getting better all the time. We’re working really hard on the training ground, so I’d definitely say we’re in better shape now than what we were then.

“We need to beat them in normal time and just get it done. If we stay like we are, we’re hard to beat; very hard to beat. I don’t know how far [the team will go] but obviously I hope we do go really far in it this year.”