Plymouth Argyle keen to remain on a roll against Port Vale
PLYMOUTH Argyle assistant boss Romain Larrieu insists his players are determined to underline their improvement against in-form Port Vale at Home Park on Saturday.
Larrieu said it is important the Pilgrims 'maintain the momentum' against free-scoring Vale.
The Frenchman (below) said a positive display and result against Vale would extend not only Argyle's unbeaten sequence, but lay down a marker that they were a match for any side in League Two.
Argyle will go into the first of their two home league games on something of a roll having drawn 0-0 at Torquay United last Saturday and having beaten another form side, Northampton Town 3-2 at Home Park seven days earlier.
The Pilgrims also came away with credit and confidence having produced a spirited 1-1 draw at Championship Burnley in the Capital Cup on August 28.
Although they lost out in a penalty shoot-out of the second-round tie at Turf Moor, Argyle's never-say-die attitude was pleasing for manager Carl Fletcher.
It is the sense of corners being turned that Larrieu insists he and the players will want to continue at the expense of the Burslam outfit and then Bristol Rovers at Home Park on Tuesday.
Although Vale hammered fancied Rotherham United 6-2 last Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to four, Larrieu said the players are not fazed and 'up for the challenge'.
Larrieu told Herald Sport: "The boys are not worried about facing Port Vale but, in fact, are looking forward to the challenge.
"They have earned the right to go into the game with confidence and, hopefully, can keep the momentum going against a side doing well in the table.
"We have shown in the league this year, not just in the matches with Northampton and Torquay, but also against Aldershot and Oxford, that we are a team who play for each other.
"We could and probably should have beaten Northampton by more than the odd goal
"And perhaps with a bit more luck in front of goal, we could have come away with all the points from Torquay."
Larrieu added: "We want to show how far we've come since last season and the lads are looking forward to testing themselves against sides near the top of the table.
"It's that positive attitude that they will want to take into the games with Port Vale and Bristol Rovers."
Larrieu claimed Vale's climb up the League Two standings was due in no small measure to manager Micky Adams being able to put out an unchanged line-up.
He said: "There is no doubt in my mind that being able to put out the same side for a run of matches is a huge advantage.
"Port Vale have been unchanged in four games and that is shown in their results. That's what we're hoping for at Argyle: the more we are together, the better we will do. I'm certain of that – just as I am that the backing of the fans contributes to us doing well."
ARGYLE have reduced admission prices for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Aldershot Town at Home Park on Tuesday, October 9.
The kick-off has also been brought forward by 45 minutes to an earlier-than-usual 7pm.
Argyle have taken that step to encourage their younger fans to attend the second round tie, with admission for under-18s set at only £2. Otherwise, it is £10 for adults and £5 for over-65s and students.