Smart, Not Casual

ARGYLE defender Gary Miller believes Argyle must play a smart game when Morecambe come to Home Park this Saturday.

Morecambe are 15th in Sky Bet League Two, but are one of only four teams who have beaten Argyle on the road this season. That day, The Shrimps beat 10-man Argyle 2-1 in a game which saw forward Jordan Slew sent off early in the second half.

In addition, Jim Bentley’s men have a strong away record. They have lost just five of their 18 road games this season. 

“Morecambe beat us last game and we’ll be hoping to play well on Saturday,” said Gary. “They’ll know they beat us last time so don’t see why they wouldn’t be trying to do it again, especially if they need some points.

“Teams will come here; they’ll want to beat us because we are doing so well."

Argyle have won twice in the last five games at Home Park, those victories coming against Devon rivals Exeter City and promotion-chasing Carlisle United. 

They have lost however to relegation battling Leyton Orient and Notts County, as well as Blackpool, and Gary recognises the threat Morecambe could pose. 

Gary said: “It’s getting to that stage in the season now where everybody needs points. People will be making promotion pushes and teams will be fighting to move out of relegation zones.

“Teams come here and the more they sit in we’ll try harder and then they’ll counter.

“It’s maybe being a bit smarter rather than trying to force something through and take it from there.

“I think you look at the Carlisle game, we soaked up pressure.  Our counter attacks that day were pretty deadly and we ended up winning. 

“I think the fans maybe expect us to win games a bit easier but as in football it’s never like that.”