eSports Preview: Salford Skirmish

Argyle eSports backed up their victory over Virtual Pro Gaming (VPG) English Premier leaders Bradford City last week with a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic eSports on Monday night.

The victory over the Latics sends the Pilgrims up to seventh place in the table after 13 games, just two points off the top four.

Manager Ben Taylor said: “We played very well. We scored pretty much from kick-off, and then we just played our game. Once we got the second goal, we won comfortably.”

Argyle continue to defy their status in the VPG English Premier division, outperforming a number of teams who play in higher divisions than the newly-formed Greens. According to Taylor, the conclusion of their regular campaign in VPG League One South has helped the team focus.

He said: “I think it’s because we’re only focusing on the one league at the moment. We don’t have to worry about keeping the same level of performance for the game after. Like we’ve shown in the past, we can bring that high level of performance – and we’re starting to consistently do that.”

On Tuesday night, the Pilgrims take on the division’s bottom side Salford City, but Taylor says his team cannot afford to take the Ammies lightly.

“Salford are bottom of the league, so we’re hoping to get a win – but we know, historically, we sometimes don’t perform how we want to against the struggling teams,” said Taylor. “I think it could be a bit of complacency – we go in thinking we’ve won before a ball is kicked. That has to stop.

“We need to go into tonight with a clear head and play how we have in the last couple of games. If we do that, I know we can win.”

Argyle eSports take on Salford City eSports in the VPG English Premier at 8pm BST. You can stream the game live on our Facebook and Twitch channels.

Are you interested in joining the virtual Pilgrims? The team is currently holding trials for the upcoming VPG League One South campaign. Follow Argyle eSports on Twitter for more information.