History Lesson

ARGYLE boss Derek Adams is looking to learn from recent history in order to ensure that the Pilgrims return to Sky Bet League One is not short-lived.

In 2016-17, all four of the previously promoted clubs from Sky Bet League Two – Oxford United, Bristol Rovers, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton – all consolidated their places League One, finishing eighth, 10th, 15th and 16th respectively.

The Pilgrims start their League One campaign with a trip to Peterborough United on Saturday, August 5.

“My aspirations is to stay in the division first and for most,” said Derek. “We have been out of the division for six seasons now.”

“If you look at those who got promoted last year, they were all able to stay in the division. None of them were able to make the play off positions and that shows you what a good league it is.

“League One will be tougher this year. Look at the teams that have been relegated (from the Sky Bet Championship) and look at the teams that have been promoted from League Two. It’s a strong, strong division.

“There will be more football played in League One. I think that there are more teams which are football orientated and in League Two there were a number of teams who were more direct and that is my opinion from my point of view.

“It’s going to be a competitive division. One that we’re going to enjoy. We’ve got a very good fixture to begin with, away at Peterborough and the players will be ready for that.”