This Saturday we face Plymouth Argyle in our first game of the 2018/19 season.
Ahead of the game wee contacted lifelong Plymouth fan Martin to give us his insight into Saturday’s opponents.
How long have you supported Plymouth?
What was your first game?
Shamefully, I can’t remember the opposition, but it was a home game at the start of the 97/98 season.
The first game I remember clearly was Everton in pre-season 2000 at Home Park – Gascoigne played and scored. We lost 0-5.
How confident are you in your current manager Derek Adams?
I couldn’t be happier with Adams. I’m shocked we’ve still got him.
You missed out on the play-offs by three points last season, do you think you can go one better this term?
Last season was almost miraculous all things considered and it’ll be hard to match it, let alone beat it. I believe we’ve now got more strength in depth though. Having such limited options/cover is probably why we just fell short in the end. I’d be delighted if we can push for the final play-off spot again, especially considering some of the money that’s been spent by League 1 teams this summer.
Are you happy with the club’s transfer dealings this summer?
Overall yes. It was a shame to lose Sonny Bradley to Luton and Oscar Therelkeld. I’d have also loved to have seen Zak Vyner and Remi Matthews return on loan. Despite such an overhaul in defence, we now have pretty healthy looking competition and cover for every position and I trust Adams. I fear it may take a while to get going again, but deals were done early and they have had a full pre-season together.
Who are your danger men?
A certain Irish genius doesn’t need naming, but Ruben Lameiras is also a really nifty footballer who can make defenders re-evaluate their career choice.
What type of Plymouth team can we expect to see on Saturday?
A new one, particularly across the backline – possibly a little unsure of themselves.
Ultimately though, they should be well organised and be pretty dangerous going forward. A fair bit of uncertainty around fitness of a few at the moment, so hard to predict the lineup.
What is your League 1 predictions for the season?
Auto – Sunderland, Charlton
Play-Offs – Peterborough, Bradford, Barnsley, Portsmouth
Relegation – Accrington, Gillingham, Wimbledon… Walsall
Prediction for Saturday’s game:
A cagey 0-1 to the greens
We would like to thank Martin for answering our probing questions and we wish him and Plymouth the best of luck for the new season……after Saturday anyway!