Think Big

GARY Sawyer knows that Argyle's fate this season is in their hands, and is encouraging his teammates to treat every match with maximum importance.

With just 11 games remaining in the Sky Bet League 2 season, the Greens have earned a place in the division's promotion places and are ready to secure their spot in the top three, beginning with a trip to another team dreaming of League 1 football next season: Accrington Stanley.

“I think from now until the end of the season,” said Gary, “the next game we play will always be the biggest game of the season.

“You're in that stage now with 11 games from the end, and there is no bigger game than the next one now. They'll just get bigger until the end, until hopefully we get ourselves up there and over the line.

“Anywhere in the automatic [places] with games to go means it's in our hands, so it's up to us. Obviously there's a lot of twists and turns to be done now, but we've got to make sure we're above the others.

“This is the final, big push now. You can see the finish line from here.”

The final outcome of this season could depend heavily on which players are available for selection by Derek Adams between now and May. As well as battling against injuries, suspensions must be avoided at all costs, and a booking-free game for Sawyer against Accrington Stanley this weekend will see him avoid suspension for a tenth yellow card.

“I think if I can get through this game, it's wiped off,” confirmed Gary. "Obviously the boys that have been quite close – like me and Carl [McHugh] – we've known it's been that for the whole time.

“I have to get through this one but you can't think of it – you just have to play your game. I didn't think about it against Oxford and I didn't get a card.”