Not up for the Cup

Friday 9th November 2012 11:06

Embarrassing FA Cup exit

Embarrassing FA Cup exit

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Plymouth FanZoner Adam Sibley hopes the defeat against Dorchester won't ruin the Pilgrims' morale.

Pressure builds on Fletcher after Dorchester defeat

Argyle suffered embarrassment for two successive seasons last week as we exited the FA Cup in the first round again to non-league opposition. Now Argyle are never going to win the competition but it would be nice to go on a cup run and get ourselves a glamour tie against one of the big teams like Arsenal in the third round a few years ago.

Unlike last year I can't blame the players for the defeat this time. I think it was a mixture of the pitch, the weather, the ref and the resting of too many regulars that lead to our demise.

The problem with losing in the cup to non-league opposition is that it hits morale and the fans belief and it has come as part of a run of 4 successive defeats. Don't get me wrong Argyle were never on a superb run before this but we were regularly picking up points which is what we need to continue to do if we are to avoid another relegation scrap this year. In the space of a few weeks we have gone from being 3 points off the play-offs to 8 points away.

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Things don't get easier for under fire boss Carl Fletcher as this Saturday we welcome league leaders Gillingham to Home Park. You could look at it as a game with nothing to lose but I think nobody wants a run of five successive defeats, which is what it will be if we do lose.

Then after Gillingham we play two teams in the play-off positions so life is only going to get harder for boss Carl Fletcher. However it's the teams around Argyle in the league that we seem to have struggled against the most, so you never know Argyle might adapt better to these games.

Carl Fletcher did keep us up last season and I think that everyone will always be thankful to him for that but if this run is to continue I think questions will be asked sooner rather than later on whether a change in management is needed.

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