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Many Happy Returns

23 November 2015

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ARGYLE defender Gary Sawyer has played...

...for only five Football League clubs, including the Pilgrims. 

However, when he steps on to the Home Park turf on Tuesday night, it will be the second time in four days that he faces one of his former sides. 

Left-back Gary lined up against Exeter City at Home Park on Saturday and will now compete against Leyton Orient, who he left in the summer after three years and nearly 100 appearances.

"Gary has done really well for us," said Argyle manager Derek Adams. "He is one of the experienced players in the squad; he is 30 years of age; and he is a player we have got high hopes for over the season. He has been able to prove that." 

Despite being at Leyton Orient just last season, Gary will be unfamiliar with one of the O's shining lights this season. Jay Simpson is currently not only his club's top scorer, but League 2's leading marksman, with 13 league goals. 

Derek is aware of the prolific striker and his team-mates. The Argyle boss said: "They have got a lot of goals through him this season and they have got a number of players that have come down from the division above in the previous season. 

"They are a team that have got ability in their side; they have got the top goalscorer in their side; and they are one to be watched. 

"Simpson is their main threat and he is the one that is scoring the goals for them. We have got a lot of goalscorers in our side and we will need to score goals to beat them." 

Despite the derby setback, just a week after a magnificent display at York City, and a recent injury reshuffle, Derek believes his side are still performing at the same high standards as they have been all season. 

"In the York City game, we played exceptionally well and on Saturday again we had a strong performance," he said. "If we had not gone down to 2-0 on 39 minutes and gone in at 1-0 at half-time, looking at possession and chances, we probably would have won the game. 

"We look at points, more than where we are, and we look at how we are playing as a team. We are doing really well and we have got a good points total and we want to continue that."

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