ARGYLE midfielder Graham Carey believes himself and his teammates at pushing themselves through the pain barrier in Argyle’s bid to reach the Sky Bet League One play offs.
Argyle came out on top on Saturday as Carey struck an injury time winner from the penalty spot to defeat Rotherham 2-1 at Home Park. Argyle had trailed to a Richie Towell goal, before Joel Grant equalised aftrer the break. The Irish midfielder believes the squad's hard work and endeavour is currently helping them push through till the end of the season, and making up for any knocks taken.
Carey said: “I think from where we have been this season to where we are now to have it in our hands with two games left knowing we win those two games we are in the play-offs. It is going to be a big game, so it is up to us to recover as we have a big journey ahead. We just need to recover and make sure we are right for Tuesday.
"I think to be fair that is what is getting us through games at the minute. Even with the boys that are fit we are not really 100%. But, we have come this far that with two games left we can get in the play offs. So, I think If we were 10th or 11th we probably wouldn’t be able to field a team! But, because of where we are the boys are battling hard which shows the character of the boys and their will to win. For us to go and win like today it was massive.
"If we get injured now there’s not much time to recover. So, it’s just about sucking it up and getting through it. We know we have the fight in the team to do that.
"It’s been crazy. Now we have got three fit keepers available, but now our outfield players are taking knocks. But, hopefully he will be alright for Tuesday as he is a real driving force in the middle of the pitch. We just need to recover now and be alright for Tuesday.”
With Ryan Taylor still out, Carey has felt Joel Grant has added a different dimension to Argyle’s attacking three since replacing Taylor.
“We don’t have a player in our squad that can replace Tayls,” said Carey.“He plays a different way to the other front three we have. So, it’s up to us to stop shelling balls into Joel and get it into feet and on the half turn. He has been doing that brilliantly especially in the last two games. His confidence in front of goal is rocking at the minute and today was a very calm finish. For him to have two in two is brilliant. It is important for the rest of the team as we don’t have Tayls we need to play the right way but not as direct.”