Plymouth are buzzing right now

COLCHESTER United will hope to catch FA Cup quarter-finalists Plymouth Argyle off their guard at Home Park tonight.The Devon club are buzzing at the moment, and it has nothing to do with their form in the Championship - they are stuck in mid-table, with no fear of relegation and no prospects of promotion.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United will hope to catch FA Cup quarter-finalists Plymouth Argyle off their guard at Home Park tonight.

The Devon club are buzzing at the moment, and it has nothing to do with their form in the Championship - they are stuck in mid-table, with no fear of relegation and no prospects of promotion.

Instead, all talk is of the FA Cup. Ian Holloway's men beat Championship leaders Derby County 2-0 in the fourth round on Saturday, and they have now been blessed with a home tie against Premiership basement club Watford in the quarter-finals.


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The U's have had short-term problems with their league form, after embarking on glamorous cup runs in recent years. They won promotion last season, despite going eight matches without a win, which straddled a dream fifth round tie at Chelsea.

Looking even further back, Steve Wignall's Colchester side of 1996-97 blew their chances of promotion from the old Division Three, after losing four games on the bounce before their Wembley appearance in the Auto Windscreens Shield final against Carlisle.

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Pilgrims chairman Paul Stapleton is already looking towards the showdown with Watford. He enthused yesterday: “Watford are not used to winning this year, so we have got to just give it our best shot.

“We have got a chance, a great chance, of making it through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. We drew with them twice last year and, at the time, I felt we could have won both games.

“We are in the media all the time, and it is not just a little paragraph. We are getting full page coverage now. I really want us to win every game, starting with Colchester.”

Plymouth will be trying to follow in the footsteps of West Brom by becoming the second side to double Colchester. A long-range cracker from rookie Luke Summerfield secured a 1-0 win for the Devon visitors at Layer Road on August 8. This was the U's first-ever home game in the Championship.

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