Breaking Back in Burgundy
31st January 2017
AFTER a ten-day break to recuperate from the Emirates FA Cup exploits...
...Argyle visit Huish Park this Tuesday evening for a Sky Bet League Two fixture against Yeovil Town.
The reverse fixture earlier this season saw the Greens run out impressive 4-1 winners at Home Park. Goals from Jimmy Spencer, Graham Carey, and a brace from Jake Jervis topped off a convincing outing for the Pilgrims.
Derek Adams and first-team coach Paul Wotton attended Yeovil’s home match against league leaders Doncaster last Saturday in preparation for Tuesday’s clash.
“It was a decent game – Doncaster were able to win 3-0 and pushed themselves ahead in the league,” said Derek.
“Doncaster managed to get a good result against a team that’s been doing well, in Yeovil. It was exciting at times and end to end.”
The Pilgrims’ time off was a welcome break for Derek and his squad, who will play in a one-off burgundy kit at huish as their home and away strips clash with Yeovil’s home colours.
“We’ve had a busy schedule and we needed a wee bit of time to get over the cup games as well as the league matches,” he said. “We’ve got a bit of rest, as well as a full week’s training. From that point of view, it’s been very good for us.
“We’ll have to catch up on the games, and next month is going to be a hectic month. From our point of view, we’ve got 20 games to go and we’re looking to finish strongly.”
Last week’s signings Antoni Sarcevic and Ryan Taylor will be in the squad for the re-arranged trip to Somerset, and although Derek’s normal routine is not to blood new signings straight away, he has not ruled out a debut for midfielder Sarcevic.
“We just allow him a little time to settle into the squad as I usually do – blend him in and see how we work first; be in the game environment; and go from there.
“He could go straight in - but we’ll give him some game time tomorrow night hopefully.”
Yeovil have not won in the EFL since trouncing Crawley 5-0 at Huish Park on December 3, which was an eighth successive match without being beaten. Their record since has been four defeats and four draws, and they have not scored at home four two months, losing 1-0 to Barnet and drawing 0-0 with Exeter and Portsmouth before Saturday’s defeat by Doncaster.
Argyle’s victory at Cheltenham last time out was their ninth from 12 away EFL matches this season, taking their win-record away from Home Park to a remarkable 21 of the last 35 league games they have played.
Kick-off is 7.45pm on Tuesday and, with a couple of games in hand, the Greens will be looking to further their push in the automatic promotion places.