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Pre Match Press Conference | Plymouth

Russell Slade talks to the press ahead of the Emirates FA Cup round one tie at Plymouth.

2 November 2017

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Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade says the Mariners should be aware of Plymouth Argyle’s counter-attacking football ahead of their FA Cup first round tie on Saturday (3pm).

Despite being bottom of Sky Bet League One, Derek Adams’s side are unbeaten in four league games and Slade believes they will be dangerous on the break.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “This Plymouth team can counter-attack as well and they’re a big threat from set plays because they’ve got the quality of Graham Carey, who has got a wonderful left foot and can deliver from anywhere.

“They’ve been very solid, albeit they’ve picked up one win and a few draws, but they do seem to be a little bit more consistent now because they do need to pick up points now rather than later.

“For the bottom-half of League One and the top-half of League Two, let’s hope there’s not too much between us.

“League One is a tough league and you have got to be equipped to deal with it. I think certainly the top-end of League One there is quite a gap.

“It’s always hard away from home to get a result but, in terms of result, we’ve done well on the road recently so long may that last.

But the gaffer also said that Argyle’s fans will expect the Pilgrims to be on the front foot at Home Park.

“Away from home, the onus is on the home team sometimes to get forward and get after you, and sometimes that leaves more space behind the opposition for us to exploit,” he said.

And after Diallang Jaiyesimi’s appearance in Craig Disley’s benefit game on Tuesday, where he scored a brace, Slade said the on-loan Norwich City winger is continuing to impress.

He said: “I thought he put in a really good performance. He’s been training really well, and he’s got huge potential.

“He is quite flexible. He has played in that wide position, we quite like him on a side but we also played him in that position (a more central role) in the reserve team game away at Bradford City and he scored a goal that afternoon as well.”

The gaffer also confirmed that 20-year-old former Crystal Palace striker Corie Andrews is on trial with the club, following his appearance in Craig Disley’s benefit game on Tuesday, and Jason Akiotu is also still training with the squad.

“We’re having a good look at them. They’re young, 19 and 20, they’ve got good energy, good pace about them, good pedigree so we’ll look at them a bit longer,” he said.

The boss also revealed Jamille Matt was back in training today, while Mitch Rose’s ankle is still being monitored.

The Town squad will travel to Devon tomorrow morning and complete a light training session when they arrive.

Slade said: “We made sure we’ve got the facilities so the boys will do a light session down there, they can do different things to ensure that they’re loose enough. There’s a gym, a pool, and some grass as well, so we can always do a little bit.”

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