ARGYLE’S 2016-17 campaign chalked up another piece of history when defeating Crawley Town 2-1, with Derek Adams’ side now winning more away games in the league than any Argyle side in history.
Surpassing three campaigns featuring 12 wins on the road (including last season’s effort), an injury-time winner from Ryan Taylor against Crawley secured away win number 13 for the season, after Graham Carey’s penalty cancelled out Dean Cox’s first-half opener.
“I’m very proud”, said Derek, “and I think the players are as well.
“It’s never easy coming away from home, but the players have shown great tenacity. They’ve got a will to win and they’ve gone to the last minute today.”
“Overall, to come away with a victory away from home, set a club record, extend a lead between ourselves and fourth position to 12 points; it’s what we were here for today.”
As Derek says, those 13 wins account to something more important than setting records: securing automatic promotion from Sky Bet League Two. With a 12-point cushion inside the top three with 15 points to play for, A 14th away win in Argyle’s next game, a visit to Portsmouth on Good Friday, would all but guarantee an automatic promotion spot.
“Obviously to break a club record is important,” said Adams,“but winning the game is of the utmost importance. We know that today, we had to win the match, and that’s what we’ve been able to do.
“We’ve got a big game next week against Portsmouth, and we’ll see how we go on from there. We have to go there and play the way we know we can do. It’s a beautiful pitch and a team that likes to play football. It’s got the makings of a great game. We’re four points ahead of Portsmouth in third position, and we need to keep on going.”