IT’S time to get tough again according to manager Carl Fletcher.In the battle against relegation last year, the squad showed signs of getting back the steely determination that saw Argyle rise through the divisions almost a decade ago.
Fletch insists that for the club to move forward once again, they need to replicate that ability once more.
“I think it was pleasing, in the sense that we became hard to beat again,” he said.
“If you want to try and get anywhere and win games you have to be hard to beat.
“You’ll have good days, you’ll have bad days, but you have to be able to fall back on that.
“If you are hard to beat and you work hard then that’s your foundations.
“When you aren’t playing well and are loosing possession, if you can keep that rigidity and solidness then you always have that to fall back on.
“It impressed me last year, the way they performed under pressure was brilliant.
“This year for us as a team, we will go into every game looking to win it and the supporters will know that the players are going to put in 100% for the club, for the shirt. Players will have good and bad days but as long as they work hard then we will all be happy.”
With npower League 2 expected to be as tough as ever this year, Fletch says that there’s no point in entering the league if you don’t think you can finish as high as possible.
“Every club in every division wants to win the league. You would be silly not to,” he said.
“But we don’t want to look to far ahead yet, though.
“We just want to get the most we can out of training, get them fit, get them ready.
“We’ve been doing different things, like boxing the other day and running at Saltram because it gets a bit hard in pre-season, not just physically but mentally, too.
“We try and keep it fresh for the lads and if they enjoy it they will work harder but really we’re just looking to make sure we’re ready for Portsmouth on August 14.”