Pitch Perfect

THE long and the short of Argyle’s return to Home Park after beating Notts County in midweek is that the Pilgrims are leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to give themselves home advantage.

The playing surface at the Theatre of Greens looks a picture, but manager Derek Adams is not getting the same big picture of recent previous seasons.

“We have taken it in,” he said, on the eve of Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two visit. “It’s two metres shorter each way.  We have very good football players who like to play in tight areas and that allows us to move the ball quicker if the opposition wants to close us down.

“It’s not a big difference from other grounds. It’s similar to the likes of Portsmouth, so it’s not too big a difference, but anything that can help us, as a team, we have got to try and do.

“We just want to play on a pitch that we feel happy with and it gives us the advantage that we know the size and dimensions.”