HADEN Tye delves into the history books - and has a look at current patterns - to point out why we should be optimistic as we play Millwall in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night...
Home is Where the Goals Are
In 1932, Argyle thrashed Millwall 8-1 at Home Park! It still stands as one of Argyle's record victories. Jack Vidler scored a hat trick and Ray Bowden scored a brace with Jack Leslie, Sammy Black and a Millwall own-goal making it eight for the Pilgrims. Argyle have won 31 of the 57 games they have faced Millwall in at Home Park, scoring more than double Millwall's 48 goals at Home Park, with 105 goals against the Lions.
The Good Old Days
In 1997, Argyle beat Millwall 3-0 at Home Park. Since then, the Pilgrims and the Lions have met three more times at Home Park, with two score draws and a 1-0 Milwall win. The scorers in 1997 were Simon Collins, Chris Billy and Carlo Corazzin.
Argyle have already knocked two teams out to get to this point. The Pilgrims came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon away from home, and then beat arch rivals Exeter City 2-0 at Home Park with goals from Hiram Boateng and Craig Tanner to put Argyle into this stage of the competition. The prospect of reaching the quarter-finals should be motivation enough for Derek Adams' men.
Home is Where The Wins Are
Before Argyle's surprise loss against Carlisle United on Saturday, the Pilgrims were unbeaten in eight home games. The Theatre of Greens has become a happy home, with Argyle losing only three out of eleven at home; two of them being the first home games of the season. Derek's men will hope to get back to winning ways at Home Park and proceed in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.