Argyle continue steady improvement as they go five games unbeaten

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Another Graham Carey wonder strike was enough to secure Plymouth Argyle’s rout into the second round of the FA Cup as they overcame Grimsby Town 1-0 at Home Park. The victory means The Pilgrims have now gone five games unbeaten in all competitions, winning two and drawing three.

This run of form has come at a vital time for Argyle after they had initially lost 9 out of their first 12 league games. Midfield playmaker Carey has been instrumental in Argyle’s improvement after a slow start to the season. He was once again the hero today with a left footed curling strike in the 8th minute putting The Pilgrims in the hat for Monday’s second round draw.

Argyle have now only conceded three goals in their last five matches and it looks as though Derek Adams has very nearly found his best eleven. Conceding the first goal of the game was a massive problem for The Pilgrims early on in the season which looks to have been addressed.

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The addition of midfielder Toumani Diagouraga in mid-October has played a huge part in Argyle’s unbeaten run. The ex-Brentford man has helped solidify the midfield alongside David Fox and perhaps Argyle’s player of the season so far, Yann Songo’o. The Cameroonian has been superb sitting just in front of Argyle’s back four, putting his body and head on the line.

Although this central-midfield three looks very defensive, it has helped Argyle’s defence massively after they had conceded 21 goals in their first 12 league games. The protection the midfield three have given the defence has in turn improved the form of Graham Carey. Cutting in from the right where he is most deadly, Carey has sprung into form with all of Argyle’s last six goals involving the Irishman (3 goals, 3 assists).

Joel Grant has also started to show his worth after signing from Exeter City in the summer. Starting on the left wing, Grant has scored two goals in his last three games and has lifted the weight off Carey’s shoulders slightly in terms of goal-scoring.

Looking towards the back, Sonny Bradley and Ryan Edwards are starting to form a very good understanding as a centre-back pairing. Emergency loan ‘keeper Remi Matthews has also been in superb form in Argyle’s last three games after signing from Norwich City with all of Argyle’s first choice stoppers out injured. Matthews has given Argyle’s defence some much needed reassurance after a shaky start to the season.