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Play-off Pompey...Pompey Play-off

9 May 2016

ARGYLE'S 5-0 win over Hartlepool United confirmed a trip to Portsmouth for the first leg of their play-off semi-final, and Derek Adams expects to have a healthy squad to pick from.

The Pilgrims finished off the regular Sky Bet League 2 season with their biggest victory of the campaign, courtesy of terrific braces from Tyler Harvey and Louis Rooney, as well as an effort from Curtis Nelson.

The win, coupled with Portsmouth's 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town, confirmed that the Greens will be visiting Fratton Park on Thursday for the first leg of the semi-final, with the follow-up game taking place on Sunday at Home Park.

"We obviously didn't know what was going to happen today. We're away on Thursday now and we're looking forward to it," said Derek.

"We're fine; we're in all week. We're in until we complete the task, and that's us in now until next Sunday.

"We've come off a very good win, we've been able to rest a number of players that will play on Thursday, and we're refreshed and ready to go. It puts us in good spirits going into Thursday's match. We're away from home, we know what to do, we've been there before and won, and we need to do that again."

The boss does not think the contrasting results of the two sides in their 46th league game of the season will play any part in the outcome of the semi-final, with both sides fielding much-changed teams and resting some key players.

"I don't think it sends any message," said Adams. "We've obviously changed the team about a bit today. I've looked at their [Portsmouth's] team today and they've done exactly the same.

"There's no difference from our point of view. We've been able to get a very good victory at home in the last game of the season. We've been able to get to 24 wins, 84 points, and we've scored another five goals today, so the goal-scoring exploits have really helped us this season.

"Everyone who didn't play today, I didn't want to risk. We'll have a fully fit squad for Thursday's game against Portsmouth."



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