BEFORE we face AFC Wimbledon in our Armed Services Day fixture, we look at our causes to be optimistic for the game....
One, Two, Three
Argyle have already beaten AFC Wimbledon twice this season, both times away from home. This would be the Pilgrims third victory over the Dons this season if Argyle were to secure the three points. In theory, this should be the easiest tie of the three as the Pilgrims will have home advantage. Argyle won 2-0 at Wimbledon in early August, then just under a month later won there again; this time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, coming back from two goals down to win 3-2.
Six of Argyle’s current squad have scored against AFC Wimbledon for Argyle. Reuben Reid scored against the Dons back in December 2013 in a 1-1 draw. Gregg Wylde and Graham Carey then scored in the 2-0 victory in the league this year, and Jake Jervis, Ryan Brunt and Carl McHugh scored in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game in September.
Argyle have won their last seven games on April 9; not conceding a goal in any of those seven games. That incredible run spans back to a 1-0 home victory against Leeds United in 1989. The Pilgrims have accumulated victories against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1991, AFC Bournemouth in 1994, a 3-0 away win at Nottingham Forest in 2005, a 3-0 win against Leicester City nine years ago, and a win against Walsall in 2011 and Aldershot in 2012 along the way.
Argyle have won three of their last five home games. The Pilgrims overcame Mansfield 3-0, and then beat Notts County 1-0, which was followed by a tight 2-2 draw against Oxford United, a minor blip against Luton Town with a 1-0 loss, but was then rectified with a 3-2 victory against York City on Easter Monday. In contrast to Argyle’s home game, the Pilgrims’ four main promotion rivals all have away games. Bristol Rovers travel to top of the league Northampton, whilst Accrington will play away at Luton and Oxford face a trip to Crawley.