Randell's Derby Preview
Argyle midfielder Adam Randell is relishing the challenge in Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Derby County at Pride Park Stadium.
The Rams are the third side The Pilgrims have faced in the opening seven games of the season to have been relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season.
Derby have had a decent start under interim manager Liam Rosenior, picking up 11 points in six games.
Over 2,000 members of the Green Army have already bought tickets for the game, and given Derby’s rich history and big stadium, Randell is naturally looking forward to the occasion.
Adam is focused on carrying on The Greens’ momentum, following league victories over Forest Green Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Adam. “I’m sure everyone is, playing in a big stadium will be nice. If we come away from that with a win we are in a really good place and hopefully it will continue.
“It’s another big test obviously. We have a bit of a tough run of games on paper coming up so we are looking forward to the challenge. We will give it our everything and hopefully come out with a few good results.”
Former Argyle midfielder Conor Hourihane has played all of Derby’s League One games this season. The Ireland international made 142 appearances for the Greens and captained the club in the 2013/14 season.
Randell, 21, has been with us since the age of nine, and saw plenty of Conor’s Argyle career. Adam said: “He (Hourihane) was one that I grew up watching so it will be interesting to try get one over on him!”
Adam has featured in all of Argyle fixtures in all competitions this season, starting five times.
He has shared the two midfield berths with Jordan Houghton and summer signing Matt Butcher, and although there is competition for starting places, Adam is focused on his own game time, and enjoys playing with either potential partner.
“Overall, I’ve been happy with my personal stats this season,” said Adam. “I want to be starting as many games as possible so I’m pleased for myself and hopefully it can continue.
“We all play well with each other: me, Jordan, Butch we can all play alongside each other and there’s not a specific change if you play with a certain person. You play with who you’re next to and it works well.
“You play your game and all three of our games complement each other so I think it’s positive for whoever you play with."