Athletic Support

FOR Graham Carey, things are still full speed ahead.

The Irishman, fresh off of being awarded the Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month award for his great strike at Blackpool, is looking forward to the visit of league leaders Wigan Athletic to Home Park.

Top of the pile, promotion favourites, and having not conceded a goal in the league since November 25, Wigan will be a tough opposition. However, Argyle are unbeaten in eight games, with as good a form stats as anyone in the division. Indeed, on the aforementioned day which Wigan last conceded in the league, Argyle lost to Portsmouth. That was the last time Argyle lost a game, and the last time they failed to score a goal. 

In fact, Argyle have only failed to score on two occasions since drawing a blank at the DW Stadium in a 1-0 Wigan win in late September. 

With five straight home wins, Carey wants Argyle to begin quickly, and use the confidence among the squad to take the game to Wigan. 

“We have started really quickly at home lately,” said Carey. " Teams have started to find out what we are about and when we start brightly they think ‘not today after that travel’. We can use it as an advantage which we haven’t done over recent years; we have relied on our away form which is strange.

“We did well up there (Wigan) and we didn’t have much of the ball. It will be another difficult game on Saturday but we are in a good run of form and we will play with no fear and try and get three points.”

Part of Argyle’s good run has coincided with Carey being paired with Ruben Lameiras in support of frontman Ryan Taylor. 

Carey was Argyle’s top scorer last season and has managed to carry on that form this year also leading the goal scoring charts with eight in all competitions. Graham admitted he would love to score more goals, the most important thing is to keep moving up the division.

Carey said: “It would be nice, hopefully we have a few boys that are in double figures by the end of the season. It’s good I have added a lot of goals to my game the last few years as well as keeping my assists up. So, as long as we are picking up results I don’t mind whether I’m scoring or picking up assists. The most important thing is to keep moving forward.

“We have tinkered a bit; we are not playing as out an out wide attacker we are playing as two number tens. Which suits both of us, it has been the same since I have come here that the manager gives us freedom as long as we are in shape when we don’t have the ball, He said.‘We have just tweaked it a little bit, where as a couple of months ago we would have been tracking full backs all the way back and playing as a back six sometimes.”