So Far, So Good
28th July 2012
AFTER his side’s 3-1 victory over Blue Square South side Weston-super-Mare, Carl Fletcher declared himself please with Argyle’s progression thus far in the pre-season.First-half goals from Joe Lennox and Ladjie Soukouna put the Pilgrims into a 2-0 half time lead. After the home team got a goal back in the second period, Warren Feeney then earned – and converted – a penalty to restore Argyle’s two-goal cushion.
“It was a good workout for us,” said Fletch, “Weston did really well. They worked really hard and put us under pressure. It was good for us both mentally and physically.
“In pre-season, you like to get a feel for the ball and pass it, a bit like it was at Truro, but they put us under pressure.
“And you have to learn to recognise the situation you’re in. The short little passes weren’t what were needed at the time, it was the longer passes. That’s just learning the game and taking that responsibility.
“That’s what I want players to do. No-one is a better judge of how a game is going that the players in the pitch. If they feel that something needs to change or they need to do something differently, I don’t have any problem with them talking as a team and doing it.
“Fitness-wise we are getting there. The sharpness is getting there. It’s a work in progression. There are bits of the game where we are not there, but they are bits we’ve not worked on yet. You can’t do everything in a day.
“Pre-season is about progression, moving on, working on stuff and getting your fitness. I thought they did that, the lads. They worked really hard.”