Onwards & Upwards

DESPITE a rather heavy 5-0 defeat to Yeovil Town, Argyle manager Carl Fletcher was in a particularly optimistic mood.

On an afternoon that did not go particularly well, Argyle were 3-0 down by the 40th minute, when Nick Chadwick was sent-off for violent conduct.

The Pilgrims did improve after the break, pegging Yeovil back for long periods, but they could not prevent the Glovers from scoring two more goals.

Still, Fletch insists it’s not all doom and gloom.

“It was our first game and it was Yeovil’s third and I think really that showed,” he said.

“But it’s pre-season, isn’t it? I’m not fussed about the score really.

“It’s a time for people to make mistakes so that they aren’t happening when it comes to the first game of the league season. There’s always things we can improve on and now we just look to Tuesday.”

Chadwick’s sending off made life significantly harder for the Pilgrims, who were already losing at that point, but Fletch was impressed by how well the team fought on.

“We’re all here to get our fitness and work hard. Sometimes they work for you and others they don’t,” he said.

“It’s tough being a man down but I was pleased with the way they applied themselves.

“5-0 was a little harsh. The way we acquitted ourselves against 11 men was good but it’s done now so we just move on to Truro (Friendly Tuesday Night).”