The Story Of Argyle's 13 Record Breaking Away Wins
The story of Argyle's fantastic record breaking 13 away wins in League Two this season.
Argyle's 2-1 against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday was the 13th away league win of the season - a club record following the 12 away wins set in season 1929-1930 and again just last season when manager Derek Adams recorded 12 away wins in his first season.
This season Adams has gone one better and set a new club record of 13 away wins with another three league away games still to play.
Notts County 1-2
The sequence started in August and after two successive league defeats Argyle travelled to John Sheridan's Notts County for a midweek game.
The recalled Jake Jervis gave Argyle an early lead in the 14th minute but just three minutes later Notts County levelled the game.
A Connor Smith corner was headed in by centre-back Nauris Bulvitis ten minutes before half-time and a strong defensive display ensured the Greens left Meadow Lane with a 2-1 win.
This was a smash and grab win and became a theme throughout the season when Argyle were on the road.
Two good saves from Luke McCormick and a goal saving tackle from Oscar Threlkeld kept the game at 0-0 at half-time.
The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Argyle have a purple patch and a short corner from Connor Smith to Graham Carey found Bulvitis who again headed in a close range winner.
The fans at the seaside chanted 'Twist and shout', a song that would become a theme tune during the early months of the season.
Exeter City 0-2
On we travelled to local rivals Exeter City at St James Park.
Two first half goals sealed Argyle's domination in this game and Exeter couldn't cope with the strong forward play from striker Paul Arnold Garita.
The first goal arrived via a Craig Tanner cross, Garita held up the ball in the penalty area before laying it off to Carey who sent a left foot shot high into the net.
The second goal was all Garita's, the Bristol City loanee held off two challenges before racing in on goal and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper.
Leyton Orient 0-2
Another midweek game and another away win. This game was unusual because Orient had two players red-carded within the first 14 minutes and Argyle took advantage.
Jimmy Spencer scored an early goal and Ryan Donaldson a late second goal, the Greens enjoyed plenty of possession against a depleted Orient team but couldn't add to their goal tally.
A scrappy and dull first half ended all square at 0-0 but a change in formation for the second half made by Adams secured the three points. Sonny Bradley scored all three goals in a game of set-pieces, the first was a header from a David Fox free-kick and his second was an unlucky own goal following a Stevenage corner.
However, just four minutes later Bradley thumped in the winner with a header from a Carey free-kick.
Argyle fought and battled against a robust Stevenage team to preserve the lead and subsequent three points.
Argyle secured their sixth away win in succession courtesy of two Carey penalties and a third killer goal from Jordan Slew.
Newport were now managed by Graham Westley and the Argyle squad had to endure the usual pre-match antics associated with a Westley team. The match was played on a terrible pitch and Newport had their keeper sent off in the 37th minute for a foul on Slew and after that there was only one winner.
The was Argyle's seventh consecutive away win and broke a club record that had stood for 87 years.
A young and vibrant Crewe took an early lead and could have made it 2-0 soon after but McCormick pulled off a fantastic save from a penalty.
Tanner levelled the game just before half-time and a new formation for the second half saw Carey run the show for the Greens from the left, the midfielder popped up with the winner in the 74th minute in a game that showed that the group of players are never beaten.
The win moved Argyle seven points clear at the top of League Two.
Argyle's run of away wins came to end in the previous away game at Morecambe but they got back on track with this battling 1-0 win against Accrington.
The Greens were under the cosh and only went in at half-time 0-0 thanks to some superb goalkeeping from McCormick.
Adams made attacking substitutions for the second half and two of these combined when David Goodwillie threaded in a slide rule pass to Tanner to score the winner in the 76th minute.
Sonny Bradley was again the match winner in a tough battle on a Cheltenham pitch and survived a late inspection by the match officials.
Bradley's header following a corner in the 26th minute gave the Greens a half-time lead but despite this Adams changed formation for the second half and played with three centre-backs.
Cheltenham thought they had secured a point with a 85th minute equaliser but Bradley had other ideas and headed in a Fox free-kick in the 91st minute to send the 1,512 members of the Green Army into raptures.
The travelling Green machine moved onto Cambridge and Adams included three new signings in his starting line-up, Ryan Taylor, Matty Kennedy and Antoni Sarcevic all made their debuts and it was Sarcevic who netted the winner in the 41st minute. It was another away win built on a strong defensive display.
Mansfield 0 -2
After indifferent home form the pressure was on Argyle to bounce back with another away win. That win seemed unlikely during the first half where Mansfield had several chances to score, however the Pilgrims' raised their game for the second half and new boys Kennedy, with a trademark inside run and shot, and Taylor who secured a backs-to-the-wall win.
Doncaster 0 -1
This win, in front of a live Sky TV audience, was the cherry on the cake. Doncaster were unbeaten at home for over a year and were top of League Two when Argyle rolled into town.
Great goalkeeping from McCormick kept Donny at bay and just after half-time Bradley thumped in an unstoppable header to grab the lead, Argyle held strong and with some last ditch tackles and great defending secured a great away win.
A lacklustre first half cost Argyle who went behind when Cox slotted home, the lack of urgency continued for most of the second half until Sarcevic won a penalty which Carey converted, suddenly there was only ever going to be one winner against a Crawley team who were now one player short.
In the 94th minute Ryan Taylor scored a superb winner to record the record breaking 13th away win of the season and spark fantastic celebrations among fans and players.