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PLYMOUTH Argyle manager Ian Holloway has called on his players to be 'on top of their game' when take on Ipswich Town today.Holloway is particularly anxious they keep their discipline and do not concede set pieces around their own penalty area.

By Derek Davis

PLYMOUTH Argyle manager Ian Holloway has called on his players to be 'on top of their game' when take on Ipswich Town today.

Holloway is particularly anxious they keep their discipline and do not concede set pieces around their own penalty area.

The Pilgrims will be chasing their third successive victory at the start of the new season.


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They won 3-2 away to Hull City in the Championship last Saturday and then beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 in the Carling Cup first round at Home Park on Tuesday.

Holloway knows that Ipswich will be determined to bounce back from Tuesday's defeat at MK Dons but he is convinced Argyle can take the three points on offer this afternoon.

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He said: “We will need to be at the top of our game. We need to be absolutely rock solid on our shape and on our discipline, because they are dangerous from set pieces.

“If we are, I think we can beat them. That's not being arrogant, it's what I feel.

“They had a very good result last Saturday and a very poor one on Tuesday - with the same team.”

Argyle have made an encouraging start to the season, but Holloway knows it is still early days.

And he has stressed to his players the importance of improving their record at Home Park on last term.

Argyle won only 10 of their 23 home games in the Championship in 2006/07 and Holloway admitted that was not good enough.

He said: “I don't think one (league) win is a flying start. It's just one win.

“If you can get in a consistent run of form where you pick up three, four or five wins on the spin then you are sending out a statement.

“That's what we need to do, and every step of the way we have got to be calm and calculated.

“We have had two bookings so far and this time last season we probably had six.

“Has that got anything to do with me not jumping around on the line? I think it has. So I have learned a lot this summer as well.”

Holloway is expected to pick the same side that was on duty against Hull, after making eight changes for the Carling Cup tie against Wycombe.

But the Pilgrims' boss said: “I will be selecting from a fairly fresh group of people who have all shown me over the last three or four days that they want to play for Argyle, which is great.

“Ipswich played the same team twice. Whether we will have an advantage over them or not, we will have to wait and see.

“I just knew it was far too much for 11 of them to actually play twice, and I don't feel that was right anyway.

“I have got a squad and I have got to utilise it, and they proved me right I'm very pleased to say.”

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