Garner previews Plymouth visit


Ben Garner wants to see his side maintain their unblemished home form when Plymouth Argyle visit The Valley on Tuesday night.

The Manager is expecting a stern test against Steven Schumacher's Pilgrims, who fell agonisingly short of a top-six finish last term.

"Plymouth are a really good team and a club that has progressed really well on and off the pitch over a three to four season period now," said Garner. "They have got a really good business model and a really good football model that they stick to. 

"They are quite far into their process now and if you look at their recruitment, it's a couple of players each window which shows where they are. That's the point we want to get to; we want to get to the point in transfer windows where we are making smaller adjustments - one player or two players that we think will be able to take the team forwards. 

"They are well coached, well-organised and they have got good players," the gaffer continued. "At the top end of the pitch they have got good creativity and a good mix of pace. It's going to be a tough game for sure, but we have started well at The Valley. We want to continue that and we will be certainly be looking to win the game."

Garner revealed the midweek fixture is set to come too soon for Chuks Aneke, while an unnamed player will be assessed after suffering an impact injury on Saturday. Elsewhere, new recruit Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is available for selection and captain Jayden Stockley is recovering well following a bout of illness.

"We are good overall, but we have got one player who took quite a heavy kick to his calf," admitted the boss. "He didn't train yesterday and we will see how he is today. That's the only one that might be doubtful at the moment. 

"Chuks Aneke came into some training yesterday. Tomorrow is probably going to be too soon but I would certainly expect him to be available for Saturday. 

"Jes trained yesterday, he will train today and he will be available for selection on Tuesday.

"Jayden was much better yesterday and hopefully he will be even better today. Hopefully he is through the worst of that."

Asked on potential arrivals, Garner said: "We would like one more in for definite. Depending on if there is any movement the other way that frees up space in the squad, we might be able to do more. 

"For one window we have recruited well so far. We have managed to put together a really competitive squad that is improving each week on the training ground. 

"We would like at least one more, and if the right player is available and we can do more - within the budget and if there are any outgoings - then we will certainly look to do that."

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