Harts Will Go On

WHATEVER Argyle’s destiny this season, they are not going to die wondering.

So says centre-back Peter Hartley, who scored his first goal of the season to set the Pilgrims on their way to a 3-1 victory at Leyton Orient and make it six points out of six on the road inside four days for Argyle following Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Portsmouth.

With three more Sky Bet League 2 games to play – starting with the visit of Dagenham & Redbridge to Home Park this weekend – the Pilgrims are one point off second place and outside the automatic promotion places only on goal-difference. 

Peter, who slotted home a Graham Carey free-kick in first-half stoppage time ahead of two second-half strikes by substitute Jake Jervis, said: “We’ve come away to Pompey and got three points; we’ve come to Leyton Orient and got three points – I think that speaks volumes of the character we’ve got in that dressing-room. 

“We never say die, we’ve never given up, and we’re going to fight until the death, until things are out of our hands.

“We said, before the Pompey game, ‘we’re just going to take it a game at a time; we’re not going to look at what’s happening around us; we just concentrate on our job’ and we’ve picked up maximum points in three days. We go on to Dagenham and we look to win that game.

“We have got Dagenham, Cambridge [away] and Hartlepool [at home] – we want nine points. Then we’ve done our job. Whatever happens around us happens. We can’t control what other teams do. The only things we can control are what happens in that dressing-room and on these pitches.

“We’ll stay focused. We won’t be looking at how other teams are doing or who other teams are playing – all we care about is Dagenham on Saturday and three points after 90 minutes.

“We can only do what we can do. If we can pick maximum points up, I’d like to think we can get automatic promotion. It’s what I want.”