TRAINING has been a little different at Harper’s Park this week. Different, but the same.Let me explain.
The Pilgrims’ mood has been lifted by last week’s late, late Sky Bet League 2 victory at Mansfield, where Neal Trotman’s 93rd-minutegoal end a run of eight successive winless games.
“It’s a better feeling for everyone,” said Argyle manager John Sheridan. “It’s a great relief for the supporters, who travel a long way, and for us, as staff and players. We knew the importance, and to score so late on gave everyone a lift.”
Different mood. Same attitude.
“Training has been very good from Day One,” said John. “We train really well. We have just got to take that into games.
“I can honestly say the players have been spot on. They have never let their heads down. I don’t think I have and my staff have. We keep believing, and we keep working hard.
“If we keep doing it and keep carry on doing the things, and doing them well, hopefully our luck will change and we will start picking points up. You can do all you want during the week, but you get judged on a Saturday. We need to start winning games and get points on board.”
The victory means Argyle are now 18th in League 2; five points and five places above Saturday’s visitors to Home Park, Northampton Town. John believes neither side should occupy their current position.
He said: “I don’t like looking at where we are in the table – I think we should be higher and I want us to be higher – but a win always looks good and it breeds confidence in everyone in and around the place: the players, the supporters, myself.
“[Northampton] were in the play-offs last year and could have been playing in a higher division. They have got good players. I think they are in a false position. I watched them at Rochdale a few weeks ago; they got beaten 3-2, but played really well.
“They are near us in the table so it is a chance to get away from one of the teams around us, but I expect a very hard game.
“But we are at home and I am trying to preach into the players ‘Don’t fear anyone when we’re at home’. We have got to go out and try and dictate the game and take the game to the opposition.”
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