Down to the Last Day

WITH many possible variants at play on Saturday evening, Argyle first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell and his team will have more than one eye on results elsewhere in Sky Bet League One – but he is determined not to let that affect his players’ performance.

“It’s going to be difficult not to [know what is going on elsewhere],” said Nance. “I’m sure the crowd are going to let us know what’s going on elsewhere.

“We’ve just got to focus on what we’re doing and not let that interrupt how our game is going. We can’t control anything that’s going outside of our pitch.”

“I’ll try to keep that away from the players as much as we can. We just have to do our job and hope everything else takes care of itself.”

The Greens know that, realistically, a win needs to be achieved to give them a good chance at survival, although a draw may be enough, depending on Southend and Walsall’s results. The situation is complicated, somewhat, by the fact that Saturday’s opponents, Scunthorpe, also require a win.

“They’ve had a difficult season, like ourselves, they wouldn’t expect to be in the position they are,” said Nancekivell.

“We know they’re going to come down fighting and scrapping for their lives. They’ve got everything to play for, some good players in their team, and we’re expecting a tough match.

“It’s unique, that’s been League One this season. All the way through the season there’s been very little between the top teams and the bottom teams and it’s come down to the last day.

“It’s about who holds their nerve.”