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Point Taken

6 March 2016

ARGYLE goalscorer Craig Tanner says that Argyle's 2-2 draw against Oxford was a point gained, rather than two dropped.

The Pilgrims came up against an Oxford side that had won three on the bounce, and came away with a point, despite an injury list that meant Argyle named only six substitutes, with one of those being 16-year-old apprentice Jordan Bentley.

"It's definitely one point gained," Tanner said. "With the amount of injuries we have had and getting back late after the Barnet game, I think it was very important not to drop the three points. I think it is one point gained. 

"I think if we finish above Oxford then I think we will be promoted, so it is just between us; hopefully we keep pushing on against Accrington and open up as big of a gap as possible."

Argyle have just 11 games to go until the end of the campaign and sit in third, eight points clear of fourth placed Accrington Stanley, who have two games in hand. Accrington have a heavy fixture list ahead, with the visit of Portsmouth on Tuesday, Argyle next Saturday, and Wycombe the following Tuesday.

"We had a six pointer today," said Craig, "and we have a six pointer next week. If you take a draw [at Accrington], they are not gaining anything on us - a minimum of a draw and hopefully we nick the three points."

"I think [promotion] has always been in reach since the start of the season, when you see the squad we have got. We have always got to aim for promotion; we have got a good enough squad, and hopefully the injuries will come back and help boost morale as well."

Despite being one of the smaller players on the pitch, Craig rose highest to head home from a Graham Carey corner to equalise for the Pilgrims.

"It was very surprising," said Craig, "I was unlucky with the one before, it came of my thigh, knee, shin and toe and I couldn't quite squeeze it in so it was nice to climb and head it into the corner, so it was good."

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