IT is appropriate that Gary Owers training kit – by dint of his name’s initials – appears to carry the word ‘GO’.For the Argyle coach was nothing if not in a positive frame of mind as the Pilgrims prepared for their Tuesday night visit to fellow League 2 strugglers Wimbledon.
“Why would you not look forward to it?” was the rhetorical response to the question of the Greens’ approach to a fixture that gives collywobbles to a lot of their fans.
“We are not going into games with fear – we are going into games trying to get out of the situation we are in.”
The situation Argyle are in is that they are bottom of the Football League, having lost narrowly at Northampton at the weekend.
Their opponents on Tuesday occupied that spot themselves until recently, but have now hit a bit of form and are two points and three places ahead of Argyle.
Gary said: “It’s been a horrible weekend; the result was disappointing – we came off the pitch and found ourselves at the foot of the table – but we haven’t got to wait another week to try to resolve the issue.
“We can’t wait. We have got 13 games to go. The way I look at it is that we have got to improve our position by two places to avoid relegation.
“That’s the name of the game. That’s the fight we’re all in. So bring it on.
“[Wimbledon] have taken four points from the last six – I saw them play last Tuesday against Northampton – and it will be a very, very competitive game.
“It’s a small pitch; tight surroundings, a good atmosphere; a game we are going to look forward to. Hopefully, we can bring something back to Plymouth at the end of it.”
Gary believes that Argyle’s players have the motivation and backing that will stand them in good stead at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday.
He said: “If I was a player I would look at the league table and that would affect me enormously.
“Bottom of the Football League- that would be my motivation; to get out of that situation as quickly as possible.
“We need [the fans] on board; we need them on board at home as well, because every game we play now is going to be important.
“We’re lucky. It’s something we don’t take for granted. We are really grateful we have got that support, and we hope we can give them something to crow about, because it is tough.
“It’s tough for everyone. It’s been tough for a number of seasons. We are trying to buck the trend.”