For The Win
ARGYLE manager Derek Adams admitted to being nervous during Wednesday night's Emirates FA Cup second-round replay victory at Newport but knew that his players would prevail for one simple reason:
"They are winners and that's why they have been able to get through to the next round," he said.
"They went and won headers and they put their bodies in good areas to stop crosses."
Getting through to the next round - thanks to a 1-0 victory from Garham Carey's penalty late into injury-time - means a third-round tie at Premier League giants Liverpool.
Derek said: "We spoke about it before the game; we knew the next round was going to be a trip to Anfield."
"We are obviously looking forward to it. It will be a terrific day for the supporters and for the players to go there."
The match was a typical cup-tie, with a febrile atmosphere and no quarter asked or given, and the occasion even got to Argyle's normally equanimous manager.
"You do get nervous when the game is toing and froing," he said.
"There was a lot of running from both sides and you think you are going to score, and then, the next minute, you think they are going to score.
"It was one of those games; it became quite open towards the end.
"We did get opportunities in the match and didn't pick the right pass at times but you always felt there was a goal in us somehow.
"It was a difficult night and a hard-fought match, and that's what you get in the FA Cup.
"It wasn't pretty and it wasn't a good footballing game from the point of view of passages of play.
"It was grit and determination that both teams showed. I think both sets of players have got to take a lot of credit for that."