Gorman urges caution

UPBEAT John Gorman is confident Town can keep their unbeaten league run going but has urged caution ahead of Plymouth Argyle's visit.While Town are unbeaten in the league for four games, The Pilgrims have managed just one Championship win in ten and arrive on the back of a 2-0 home defeat.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

UPBEAT John Gorman is confident Town can keep their unbeaten league run going but has urged caution ahead of Plymouth Argyle's visit.

While Town are unbeaten in the league for four games, The Pilgrims have managed just one Championship win in ten and arrive on the back of a 2-0 home defeat.


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But Gorman has warned Town not to be complacent although they are on a high.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference in the absence of Jim Magilton, Gorman said: “I'm being as positive as I can but I'm not stupid because I know football. When you think you are doing well you have to be ready because it sometimes kicks you in the teeth.

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“We go into the game with such a positive frame of mind but we know it won't be easy.

“That is the problem with this league no matter who you play it is not easy.

“We could do with getting an early goal because then they have to come at us.”

After winning at Barnsley in midweek, Gorman is looking for the team to keep the momentum going.

He said: “We got a boost from the Chelsea game because of the way we played. We took that into the next game and now we want to take that game into Saturday.

“The problem is it is harder at home. Teams come just to stop us playing. We went to Barnsley to win the game straight from kick off.

“Plymouth will come here and make life difficult for us.”

Although Town have no fresh injury concerns they may make changes to keep the side fresh.

Gorman said: “It was hard to make changes after the Chelsea game but we made three. The players weren't left out because they did badly but because they did well and we felt it was right to freshen it up.

It proved the right thing to do.

“It is hard to pick the best team because there is such a muchness among the boys.

“Even if we lose people through injury we feel so secure with whoever comes in.

“People like Shumi are all part of the squad and it is hard to leave someone of his quality out of the team.

“Pim got his chance and he has grabbed it. He gives us nice balance and is a non-nonsense defender.”

Although Argyle are going through a poor spell and are just four points off the bottom three, Gorman knows they will be hard to break down and has big respect for their manager Paul 'Luggy' Sturrock.

He said: “I had his son Blair with us at Wycombe and I know Paul very well. He is a proven manager in the Championship and has done it all before. I like him a lot and have a lot of respect for him and his staff.

“His teams are hard to beat and they will make it difficult for us.”

With Swansea away next week, Gorman is ambivalent about Tuesday's scheduled game with Nottingham Forest being moved to February 18.

He said: “If we win on Saturday then it would be great to have another game straight away to keep the run going but at the same time we could use the recovery tie because it has been a hard little spell.

Modest Gorman played down his part in the unbeaten league run Town have enjoyed since he joined as Magilton's number two.

He said; “I'm just there to help. Jim deserves great credit for the way the team is playing I'm just there, along with Steve Foley, as an instrument to help Jim. I enjoy what I'm doing and I have only seen good things since I have been here.”

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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