Ryan Lowe has insisted Plymouth Argyle will be fully focused on theiir Carabao Cup away tie against Leyton Orient tonight, and not distracted by the prospect of a visit of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in round three.
A visit from Spurs, four times winners of the competition, is the prize at stake for the winners of the game at Brisbane Road (7.45pm).
Argyle secured their place in the second round with an exciting 3-2 win against Championship club Queens Park Rangers.
Lowe said: “As everyone is aware, there is a great tie at the end of this match for Plymouth Argyle or Leyton Orient against Tottenham Hotspur.
“But we can’t look past Leyton Orient and we can’t disrespect them. They are a good team with a good young coaching staff.
“They are going about their business the right way so going away to Leyton Orient is going to be a tough ask, but we are in decent form ourselves.
“We have had two good wins – the team was changed in the EFL Trophy – so we are on a little bit of a high at the moment and we want to continue that.
“We are going there full of confidence and we are going there to win the tie.”
Tottenham will enter the Carabao Cup at the third round stage because they are one of seven Premier League clubs in European competition this season – in their case, the Europa League.
A game against Spurs, albeit behind closed doors, would still be an exciting prospect for Argyle or Orient.
Lowe said: “I won’t go on about it, I won’t talk about it, until we are through or we can face them because that’s disrespecting Leyton Orient.
“For us and for them it’s certainly an eye opener, but we have got to be professional about what we do and how we go about our business.
“We will certainly do that, and whatever team wins will have a fantastic manager and a fantastic football club turning up to their ground.”
Orient have won all three of their matches at the start of this season under head coach Ross Embleton.
They won 2-1 away to League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers in the Carabao Cup first round, with goals from Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson.
The O’s followed that with a 3-2 home EFL Trophy victory over Brighton and Hove Albion Under-21s, before winning 1-0 at Oldham Athletic in their League Two season-opener on Saturday.
Johnson was on target again with an 89th minute matchwinner against Oldham.
Lowe said: “Winning breeds lots of confidence, as everyone knows. They (Orient) will be flying high and looking to put on a show to beat us.
“They have got a potential big derby against Tottenham Hotspur and pitting their wits against Jose Mourinho.
“But we have our agenda, we want to go as far as we possibly can in the competition and we are really looking forward to have a tough test against Leyton Orient – it’s one we are relishing.”
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Argyle’s first three competitive matches this season have all been at Home Park, so this is their first match on the road of 2020/21.
Lowe said: “It’s something we are used to used, travelling away. Obviously, the only difference is that there will be none of our fans there.
“It’s an opportunity to test our wits against a decent League Two team who are hopefully going to be fighting for promotion this season.”
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