Wising Up to Morecambe

CRAIG Tanner may be attack-minded at heart, but he knows that defensive solidity will be key to success against Morecambe on Saturday.

With 31 goals in 15 games, the visiting Shrimps have scored more goals than any side in Sky Bet League 2, League 1 or the Championship, and sit eighth in the table, nine points behind the Greens. 

Argyle have only conceded three goals in the month of October, and Craig knows that another week of preparation and a strong defensive display as a team is in order to keep their visitors at bay. 

“I know they’ve scored a lot of goals this season," said Craig, of Morecambe. "I think they beat AFC Wimbledon 5-2 – so we know they are good going forward.

“We need to make sure we’re strong, get in our shape quickly and play our game. We are at home, so we need to impose ourselves on them and go for the three points to, hopefully, keep us four points clear. 

“I’ll do my research, if I’m playing, on the full-back, or even if I’m not playing. I’ll find out his strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully I’ll use my strengths against his weaknesses, have a bit of a one-v-one and hopefully come out on top. 

“Derek pushes us really hard [in training], which I personally prefer anyway – because if you train hard off the pitch, you’ll take it onto the pitch. That’s the definitely the mentality the lads have at the moment: making sure we’re the hardest workers.”

Argyle have only lost one league game at home so far this season, and the midfielder believes that with the Green Army firmly behind them, the team can put on another successful display against Morecambe and continue their push towards promotion. 

“When we played Exeter,” said Tanner, “I thought the stadium was rocking. I don’t think you’ll get that at any other League 2 club. Against Portsmouth, as well. 

“If you’re doing well, more fans will come, which is good. I think this is such a big club, and it is on the rise. I don’t think the club’s status warrants being in League 2. 

“It’s exciting times for Plymouth, but I don’t think we’re getting carried away at the moment. We’ll just have to see what we do on Saturday and take it game by game.”