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Corner Turned

22 May 2016

AS Argyle prepare for their 49th game of the Sky Bet League 2 season, Graham Carey is casting his mind back to the very first of them.

After being ambushed with corners in the first 20 minutes or so of the new season, the Pilgrims settled into the game and went on to win their first game 2-0 under Derek Adams. 

The opposition that day just happened to be AFC Wimbledon, who now stand in Argyle's way, as the Pilgrims bid to escape the division via the play-offs. 

"We watched them, they are a good team," said Graham. "All through the season we remember back to the first 20 minutes at AFC Wimbledon where we did not get out of our box. They had corner after corner. Weirdly enough that was a stepping stone for us to push on because we knew we were under so much pressure in that game and we came through to win it.

"They are a good team, I watched both legs. When they play direct they are a real handful especially with the four strikers they have. They can play two, they can play three. When the big man comes on he makes a difference."

The Pilgrims will want to use the full size of the pitch at Wembley according to Graham, who says that it will be to Argyle's benefit if they manage to do that.

"It is up to us to use the pitch at Wembley to our advantage," said Graham. "It is a big pitch and if we can get the ball down to play then that will probably be to our advantage. Nothing taken away from them: they are a good footballing side and they are on a great run. Momentum is a hard thing to stop in football, and luckily enough we have momentum as well so it is going to be a good game and hopefully we can come out on top.

"They have been on a great run and they really deserve to be in the play-off final. They have got momentum at the right time and finished the season really strong. It is going to be a tough game, but we have shown on Sunday that we can handle pressure and I think we have grown as a team and I think we are all raring to go."

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