One Call One Off

CURTIS NELSON will not be using Argyle’s last visit to Mansfield Town as any sort of reference point for their game on Saturday, as they look to maintain they impressive away form.

One of the Pilgrims’ more disappointing afternoons of the 2014-15 season came at the One Call Stadium, as a struggling Mansfield side with a new manager took a 1-0, thanks to a Vadaine Oliver strike on the stroke of half-time. 

As Nelson points out, though, both teams have a very different look to them than they did during that game. The reshuffled Stags are now a settled side under the stewardship of Adam Murray, whilst a new-look Argyle side have made an exemplary start to life under Derek Adams, who will take a game-plan all of his own to Nottinghamshire.

“It’s in the past,” said Curtis. “It’s a different season and a different team. I think it will be the same on their part. 

“It’s going to be a completely different game – no game is the same as it was in the past. We’re going to go there and just try to pick up three points.
“Every team does their homework on who they’re playing, and we’re no different to that. The gaffer does do his homework on what he wants us to do.”

Part of the Greens’ positive start to the season has been their excellent form away from home, which the skipper puts partly down to maintaining the same attitude towards games on the road that they do at Home Park. 

“Your away form is just as important as your home form,” said Nelson, “so it’s good to be able to get wins away from home. 

“I don’t think there’s any particular thing we do away from home than at home. We’re just looking to pick up results.” 

To pick another one of those good results on the road this weekend, Argyle will be looking for Nelson and Peter Hartley to execute another strong defensive display, as their partnership at centre back continues to grow. 

“We’re building on the foundation of what we built last year,” said Curtis, “and we continue to build that relationship on the field. 

“[Pete]’s a really good lad: easy to get on with, and easy to play alongside, so it’s always going to gel. We know each other’s games quite well now, so it’s all about building on that this season.”