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Reasons to be Cheerful - the Play-Off Final

29 May 2016

FOR the final time this season, Haden Tye takes a look at why we should be optimistic for our next game....

On The Road Again
The only place Argyle have ever lost to AFC Wimbledon is at Home Park. Argyle have won three times and drawn three times in their six visits to the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium. If Argyle maintain that victory of not losing to the Dons away from Home Park on Monday, then the Pilgrims could well be promoted to Sky Bet League 1.

Back On Wembley Way
Argyle have been to Wembley once before, and won. On May 25, 1996, Ronnie Mauge scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Darlington in the Play-Off Final at the old Wembley as Argyle's only adventure to the national stadium ended in victory. Furthermore, both the team of '96 and Argyle's current side head to Wembley on the back of campaigns in which they reached the Play-Offs but suffered heartache. Let's hope history repeats itself.

Double Trouble
We have beaten AFC Wimbledon twice this season already, losing only the home game - due to a goal two minutes from time. We began our season with a 2-0 away win, with Gregg Wylde and Graham Carey both netting for Argyle. The Pilgrims then went on to win for a second time in under a month at AFC Wimbledon. Argyle came from behind as Jake Jervis, Ryan Brunt and Carl McHugh all scored in a 3-2 win.

Super Six
Six members of Argyle's squad have scored for the Pilgrims against AFC Wimbledon. Reuben Reid's goal against the Dons dates the furthest back, to December 29, 2013. The other five goal scorers; Gregg Wylde, Graham Carey, Jake Jervis, Ryan Brunt and Carl McHugh have all scored against Wimbledon this season. Graham Carey has scored against AFC Wimbledon twice; once in the opening game of the season, and once in the game at Home Park against them in April.

The Mighty Green Army
Argyle will have a huge amount of support at Wembley. The Pilgrims have sold around 34,000 tickets for the game, which is an impressive figure. There will be more Pilgrims at Wembley then there was in 1996, with fans going to extreme measures to make sure that they don't miss the chance of seeing Argyle under the arch.

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