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5 November 2012

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ONLY minutes after the 1-0 away defeat to Dorchester Town in the FA Cup first round, Argyle manager Carl Fletcher was already looking ahead to getting The Pilgrims’ league campaign back on track.

Argyle had been on the verge of putting a very decent run together after three consecutive wins parlayed into a 1-0 lead at high-flying Cheltenham Town. However, despite a fine performance at Whaddon Road, Argyle left Gloucestershire with nothing.

Suddenly, three wins and a quality away display has morphed into a three game losing streak, the latest to a non-league side.

Fletch, being the level-headed gaffer that he is, refused to get carried away by the winning run, and now won’t dwell on the trio of defeats suffered away from Home Park.

He said: “At Cheltenham we played really well and should have possibly won, or at least got a draw. Then you go to Rotherham and you know it’s a tough place to be, and then obviously you lose today and before you know it, it’s three defeats in a row away from home. 

“But we’ll keep perspective on things and look at each game individually.

“We’ll see who’s okay and good enough to play. With a heavy pitch and being down to ten men for such a long period, we’re going to have get them as fresh possible for Wednesday.”

Wednesday sees the visit of Burton Albion, before another home fixture three days later against pacesetters Gillingham.

Coupled with this pair of tricky games is a suspension for Conor Hourihane after he was sent off at Dorchester. It means Jamie Lowry, still recovering from a long-term injury, will continue in the side. 

“Jamie Lowry, that’s only his second game, and he’s going to have play again Wednesday. We played him today because Youngy had four bookings and we didn’t want to lose him. We’ll make sure we recover right and we’ll go again.

“We’ve got a big week, Wednesday and Saturday at home, two tough games. Burton drew today, 3-3 from two goals down. We’ll lick our wounds and get on with it.”


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