The March to the Arch

AS the dust settles on Argyle's incredible play-off semi-final victory over Portsmouth...

...Derek Adams is already ensuring he, the club and the entire city are ready for a memorable day out at Wembley Stadium.

Peter Hartley's injury-time header will go down in Argyle folk-lore as the moment that gave the Greens a 3-2 aggregate victory over Pompey and ensure a place in the Sky Bet League 2 play-off final.

With 15 days between the semi-final and final, the squad has plenty of time to prepare for one final game of the 2015-16 season, and Adams will be handing the team a rare, well-earned break before setting their sights on London.

"The players are going have a few days off," said Derek. "They've not had many days off so they're going to have time off until Thursday, and then we'll report back and go again.

"We need to recharge the batteries. I haven't given them any time off in the season so they need a wee break to get them going and get refreshed.

"They're a quality bunch. We've seen it time and time again this season that they can play. We've had a number of additions over the season with loan signings etc, and everyone's contributed to a fantastic season. Now we have to go on."

This may be Derek's first taste of the play-offs and managing in England, but that does not mean he is a stranger to high-stakes matches. That experience will serve him well as he leads Argyle and the entire city of Plymouth towards the final - a leadership role he respects and revels in.

"I've been to Hampden Park a number of times as a manager," said Adams, "and to come in my first season in English football and be able to take this famous football club back to Wembley 20 years on; I'm very proud. I'm proud of everybody associated with the club. It's a hard league - I've said that many times this season - and we've seen that many times this season.

"It's something that I'll enjoy. I'll enjoy people being happy and bringing a feel-good factor to the city. The city's already in a good place; I've been down at the Barbican and the Hoe this morning, and it's a fantastic city. There's a lot going on, and all the people want is their supporting teams doing well."