Stuff The Stats

THE statistics of the last seven games would appear to tell a sorry tale.

One draw and six defeats, one of those to a non-league side in the cup. And admittedly, there have been games when Argyle have been outplayed and deserved to lose.

But when you consider the performance against Gillingham, the first hour or so at Cheltenham and the second half at Bradford, amongst other moments, there is enough for the optimist to suggest that this is not the side that looked third rate at best at times early in the previous season.

But for a bounce of the ball, things could be different.

Manager Carl Fletcher said: “Some games you play, you don’t play very well, get completely dominated and you end up winning the game.

"Other times you do really well and have a good performance and don’t win the game. That’s just the way things are going at the moment.

“The important thing is the lads don’t get too down about it.

"You’ve got to take the positives through some of the performances. It will turn around, because that’s the way football is.

“Sometimes you get a run of results where you can’t buy a win.

"But you only get out of life what you put into it.

"Those lads work their socks off each and every day to try and do the right things, to be better players and better people.

"You can’t fault them for that.”