Argyle not out of the woods

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 3:13

Plenty more for the Pilgrims to do

Argyle have enjoyed a rare three game undefeated streak in the last two weeks but only have five points out of a possible nine to show for it. We are off the bottom and only three points from safety but yet there have been groans around Home Park lately that we haven’t done better or played better especially as our last three games have all been against teams around us in the relegation scrap.

All of this underlines what has been going on at the club since I last blogged. After a year of speculation James Brent finally brought the club out of administration which I was ecstatic about as he had been my favourite out of all the perspective new owners from the start. We had the Peter Ridsdale era during all of this before he left to go to Preston North End.

Now Peter Ridsdale is a name which divides opinion up and down the country for his dealings in football but I think regardless of what you think about him I think he did a great job with Argyle whilst he was with us and played a big part in getting us back to financial safety.

On top of this we have had some amazing signings most of which are loan signings which have made us look competitive in the league, those being Darren Purse, Ashley Hemmings, Craig Sutherland and Nick Chadwick. The one thing I hope is that with all the good news that the fans don’t get carried away.

realities

We have got to be realistic, our success this year will be staying in the league and even though we have the squad now, it’s not a given that it is going to happen. The fans also need to realise this isn’t the glory days of when we were in the Championship, the realities of League 2 is that there are going to be quite a few games when we don’t see free flowing silky football, most games are going to be a scrap.

The best thing the Argyle players can be taught is to learn how to scrap and defend properly which is why players like Darren Purse have been brought in. The festive and New Year period see Argyle playing for local pride as we go to Bristol Rovers and welcome Torquay either side of a game with Aldershot.

Sadly though we will be more likely be playing these games without the services of Purse who got a late sending off in our last game so these games will test Argyle to the limit. But beating a local rival like Bristol or Torquay could really be the catalyst that galvanises us and helps us stay out of the relegation battle.

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