Saw Points

GARY Sawyer believes two of the best footballing sides in Sky Bet League 2 will do battle when Argyle head north to play Accrington Stanley this weekend.

The Pilgrims travel to Lancashire after once again proving their status as one of the best sides in the division, playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw with fellow promotion contenders Oxford United.

“It was a good game to play in,” said Gary, who picked up the Man of the Match award against Oxford.

“I don't think that merits being a League 2 game really, with the football that was played in it and everything involved with it. I think we had good chances, they had good chances; either club could've won it, and I think a draw at the end of it was a fair result, based on the game.”

Argyle square off against another side with genuine hopes of promotion on Saturday, with sixth-placed Accrington looking to bounce back from a home defeat to Portsmouth on Tuesday night. Whilst an excellent Reuben Reid volley saw off Stanley in this game's reverse fixture in October, the visitors' ability was clear to see, and Gary thinks the conditions at the Crown Ground suit another eye-catching affair.

“I think they're one of the better ones we've played down here, to be fair,” said Sawyer. “I thought they had some very creative players, and it was a good game when we played them down here. It was a good game of football.

“Obviously you're hoping it's going to be the same up there, and the same result. It won't be a long ball game when we play them; it'll be a footballing game, which is good, and I think that suits us as well. I've played there a couple of times: a little hostile sort of ground. From seeing it on the television it looks like the pitch is in good condition, which is a big bonus.

“We're going up there with every intention of getting the three points. That's the only thing we're looking at, really, and I think that would be a massive help for the promotion push.”