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Trip to a Tight Venue

The Challenge of Playing at Kenilworth Road

16 November 2018

ARGYLE return to action in Sky Bet League One on Saturday with a trip to the unique environment of playing football at Luton Town.

The crowd at Kenilworth Road are very close to the action and it all makes for a tremendous atmosphere, which is something for the players to embrace and enjoy.

After the FA Cup win over Stevenage last weekend and then the midweek trip to Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy, it is all about picking up points in the league.

“It is similar to Bristol Rovers, a tight venue, probably tighter than Rovers, and the supporters from both ends make it a very good atmosphere,” said Argyle manager Derek Adams.

“It’s always an enjoyable place to play football. We’ve done well there in the past and want to continue that.

“Luton play with a strange way. They can pass the ball well from the back but can also play the ball forward quickly to the strikers. They mix it up very well and have experience throughout the side.

“They haven’t changed much from League Two. They’ve added a few players but still set up in a similar manner. We want to play on the front-foot, take the game to Luton and try to win.”

The added ingredient for this fixture is a reunion with Sonny Bradley, who enjoyed great success during his time at Home Park, but opted to join Luton after a contract offer from the Pilgrims.

The Hatters also took Jake Jervis from Argyle but it is the nature of football that players come and go, and teams will come up against former heroes.

“We obviously have players that move on to other clubs and you will come up against them now and again,” said Derek. “He [Bradley] was offered the best contract we could give him but Luton Town gave him more than we could afford.

“That’s the business of football and nothing we can do about it. Luton have taken two of our players, spent £100,000 on Jake Jervis. They gave Sonny a three-year contract and they have more money to spend than we do.

“We were speaking all the time and did our best to keep Sonny Bradley. We can only pay what we can pay and can’t do more than that.”

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