Joe Edwards wants Argyle to stay positive despite Carabao Cup upset

Wing-back Joe Edwards has said Plymouth Argyle are determined to put right the wrongs from their Carabao Cup defeat by Leyton Orient.

That starts with the Pilgrims’ trip to London to play AFC Wimbledon at QPR’s Loftus Road tomorrow in their first away League One game of the season.

Argyle had begun their campaign with a 3-2 Carabao Cup first round win over QPR, followed by a 1-0 league victory over Blackpool.

However, after taking a 2-0 half-time lead against Orient and seeming to be set for a convincing victory, the Pilgrims collapsed in the second half and lost 3-2, conceding the third goal deep into stoppage time.

Edwards said: “It was really disappointing on Tuesday. I thought we started excellently and we shouldn’t have lost the game from the position we were in.

“You don’t want to get carried away with the way we started (beating QPR and Blackpool) but we have got to keep that positive mentality that we have done.

“Tuesday wasn’t good enough from us and we know we have got to turn it around on Saturday. It was a massive disappointment and a big chance missed, it was something the boys are really gutted about.

“I think they (Orient) still had some chances first half. As an overall performance, it wasn’t the standard that we set.

“Two-nil they always say in football is a dodgy scoreline, but really we should have come out and had we scored the next goal we would have killed the game off.

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“Even at 2-1 we could have shut up shop. I think it was a little bit of naivety in the sense that we didn’t finish the job as well as we should have done.

“Then to lose it in the last minute was obviously a sickening blow. We feel the frustration the same as everyone else, so we are definitely in the frame of mind that we need to put things right on Saturday – and hopefully we do so.”

Edwards added: “We got off to a fantastic start, firstly in the cup game against QPR and then to win at home to Blackpool, who I thought were a very good side.

“We performed really well that day and clean sheets are massive so we have got to make we are tighter in terms of conceding shots and goals.

“We know, in general, we will score goals in most games we play so if we can just make sure we are keeping things tight at the back, and perform with the bravery we did against Blackpool, then hopefully we will have a good result (against Wimbledon).”

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Wimbledon are playing their home games at Loftus Road temporarily while their new Plough Lane ground is completed.

Edwards said: “Hopefully it will be a nice pitch, which should benefit us. We are just looking forward to the next game after the disappointment on Tuesday so we can put things right on the pitch.”

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