Pilgrims are on a rocky road

Wednesday 27th February 2013 10:14

Reuben Reid: Latest Argyle loan recruit

Reuben Reid: Latest Argyle loan recruit

Plymouth Argyle are bottom of the Football League with 12 games to go - and FanZoner Adam Sibley blames an over-reliance on loan signings.

After singing John Sheridan's praises in my last blog, I can safely say the honeymoon period is now over.

With two losses and a draw in our last three games, Argyle are now rock bottom of the Football League - and the favourites to go down from League Two.

No one has games in hand over us any more, but we are now three points away from safety and the number of games is quickly dwindling.

We lack leadership on the pitch, we lack passion and we seem to have forgotten how to win again.

The longer the season goes on, the more pressure is heaped on the players which makes it even harder to play football and pick up results.

When you assemble a team, you have no clue if they are all going to gel and I think that is what has happened with all the loanees we have had come in.

Argyle have had to take risks on players that they have brought in on loan, with many of them having varied histories before they came to Argyle - and I don't think many of them have increased their stock during their stay at the club.

We drew Tuesday night's six-pointer away to AFC Wimbledon. Now the Green Army is desperate to see a win in the next six-pointer at Home Park this weekend against Barnet. This is the time of the season when we find out not who is the best team down at the bottom but who wants it the most - and regardless of the abilities of the players, a team needs to show desire if they are to stay up.

I think Argyle's situation is evidence that if you don't invest significantly in your playing staff for four years and every year you rely on a conveyor belt of loanees, this is what happens.

Stability is the key to a good team and until Argyle start getting some decent players on long-term contracts, we are going to be struggling.

Argyle have been doing a lot of ticket promotions for this weekend's visit of Barnet so I just hope we get a bumper crowd and that will spur the team on to a better performance and result.

If it doesn't, I don't think they will be back for another game and the problem with a big home crowd is the pressure it can bring. I just hope Argyle can benefit from the increased attendance and not cave under pressure and expectation.

By Adam Sibley, FanZone's Plymouth Argyle blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @adam_sibley - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!



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