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Only One Aim

Promotion for the Pilgrims

20 January 2020

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WITH three goals scored and three points from each of their last three Sky Bet League Two games, Argyle are the model of consistency as they home in on the prize that awaits after the next 20 matches.

“We’ve all got one aim, and that’s to get promoted,” said midfielder George Cooper, following the Pilgrims’ 3-1 Sky Bet League Two win over Mansfield Town at Home Park.

“Everyone knows that.”

George set the Greens on their way to fourth place in the division by laying on the opening goal for Niall Canavan just before half-time. The win was completed by an Antoni Sarcevic penalty and on-loan Blackpool forward Ryan Hardie’s second goal on his home debut, either side of Andy Cook’s consolation for the Stags.

Argyle remain outside the top three automatic promotion spots only by dint of having scored fewer goals than third-placed Crewe Alexandra, and George is confident that, by keeping the focus that has seen them climb the table, Argyle can maintain momentum.

He said: “We’re up there now; we’ve got to stay there; and it’s down to us to stay there. If we do, we’ll have a good season.

“We had a good Christmas and, if we keep it going, a few teams will drop off and you can try and get away a bit. It’s the best time to do it, then carry on and try to go on to the end of the season.

“In this league, on any day, anyone can beat anyone. It doesn’t matter where you are in the table. It’s just down to you to perform on the day and get the win.

“There are still loads of games left. We have just got to keep turning them over and getting the three points and then we’ll see what happens.”

Argyle took a while to get going against Mansfield but, once they hit their stride, there was no stopping them registering an 11th win from their last 16 matches.

“We are going into every game confident,” said George. “If we play how we know we can play, which we didn’t in the first half an hour, we know we’ll be there or thereabouts.”


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