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Plymouth Argyle boss urges side to forget Bristol City thrashing ahead of Carbao Cup

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams has urged his side to forget about the thrashing they were handed by Bristol City last season.

The Robins have been drawn against Plymouth Argyle in the first round of the Carabao Cup again and Pilgrims boss Derek Adams is looking to put last year’s tie behind them.

Bristol City will be keen to repeat last year’s thrashing as goals from Jens Hegeler, Nathan Baker, Korey Smith, Freddy Hinds and Jamie Paterson put the Pilgrims to the sword in an emphatic 5-0 win for Lee Johnson’s side.

It was what set off their phenomenal run in the EFL Cup last season as they earned a semi-final spot only to lose to Premier League Champions Manchester City 5-3 on aggregate.

Jamie Paterson celebrates his goal in the Carabao Cup

But Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams believes his side shouldn’t be underestimated this time around and he may do things differently.

Bristol City is a game where we hope to do better than we did last year,” Adams told Plymouth Live .

“I changed the squad around for that game and I might not do the same after what happened last year.”

After a sluggish start in League One last season, Plymouth were staring relegation in its face, but a brilliant second-half of the season Saw them finish seventh in the table, as they finished just three points outside of the play-off places.

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The Pilgrims may have had an easier clash with a team who finished below them in League One or a League Two outfit until the EFL announced that seeding would be scraped ahead of the Carabao Cup draw, and Adams side were subsequently drawn against the Robins for a second successive season.

“It would have been nice to have a home tie but as you say in seasons gone by we would have been seeded but they scrapped that and we just have to get on with it, it is the luck of the draw,” revealed Adams.

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How Burton Albion face longest away trips to Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth back-to-back

Burton Albion fans face their two longest away trips of the 2018-19 season back-to-back – and one is on a Tuesday night.

In total, 15 of the Brewers’ 23 away games in League One next season will include a round trip of more than 200 miles.

Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park is the furthest distance to travel, 240 miles from the Pirelli Stadium.

Albion are away against the Pilgrims on Saturday October 20.

Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park (Image: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

And the trip to Portsmouth’s Fratton Park – where the Brewers will be reunited with departing defender Tom Naylor – is scheduled for three days later, on Tuesday October 23 (7.45pm kick-off).

That away game will involve a 362-mile round journey for the travelling Albion supporters.

Priestfield, the home of Gillingham, is the next furthest trip – and any Burton fans making the 177-mile journey (or 354-mile round trip) will get it out of the way early.

It is Burton’s first away game of the campaign on Saturday August 11.

Albion’s nearest neighbours in League One in 2018-19 are Walsall.

The Banks’s Stadium is only 37 miles from the Pirelli – and the Brewers are scheduled to play there on Saturday November 3.

That distance is still more than four of Burton’s closest Championship rivals from the last two seasons, though – Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

A return to Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena is scheduled for Saturday March 9 – that is 42 miles away.

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Walsall to Begin the Season at Home to Plymouth Argyle

This season the Saddlers will face teams such as Barnsley, Burton Albion and Sunderland, who dropped down to League One following their relegation from the Championship, while teams such as Accrington Stanley, Coventry City, Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers have joined the fray after achieving promotion from League Two.
The Saddlers will take on Scunthorpe United in our first away game of the 2018/19 campaign on Saturday, 11th August, and end the season with an away trip to local rivals Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, 4th May.

Bristol Rovers will again visit Banks’s Stadium on Boxing Day, while the Saddlers will travel to Charlton Athletic on New Year’s Day.

League One newcomers Sunderland visit Banks’s Stadium on Saturday, 24th November, with the Saddlers travelling to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, 16th March.

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