Double Trouble

BETWEEN them, Graham Carey and Jake Jervis have either scored or had an assist in well over half of the Pilgrims’ 62 goals this season.

On Saturday, they each scored – Jake, from the penalty-spot – as Argyle strengthened their grip on a Sky Bet League Two promotion spot by beating Carlisle United 2-0 at Home Park. 

The win ensured that Argyle remain tucked in behind leaders Doncaster Rovers, having extended the gap to their third-placed opponents to seven points, with a game in hand on both.

Graham now leads Jake at the top of the Argyle goalscoring charts, 11 to 10, after netting his first strike since December. The Irishman also tops the assists list, with 13 to Jake’s six. The competition between the two is beneficial, thinks Jake, although there is more than one table that they are aiming to be top of come May 6.

He said: “We both want to be top goalscorer and get as many assists as we can. It’s all good and it’s going to push both of us on.

“It doesn’t really matter who finishes top scorer; if we both keep scoring goals, it’s only going to help the team.

“[Graham] was excellent today. He shows, week in, week out, what he can do. Getting a goal will be massive for him. He let me take the penalty, as well.”

The two had a brief discussion about who would have the honours at the spot-kick, which came in first-half stoppage time after Ryan Taylor had been fouled by Shaun Brisley. 

Jake said: “If one of us has scored, the other one takes it; if I’ve scored, he takes it, and vice versa. It’s good that we’ve got the option because we’ve both scored our penalties this season, and we’ve provided assists for each other.

“I wasn’t too sure, whether it was a penalty. As soon as he went down, I looked at the ref and then tried to get the ball!”

Jake despatched the ball with customary aplomb, giving goalkeeper Mark Gillespie little chance.

He said: “It’s one of those things: confidence and I don’t change my mind.”