ARGYLE midfielder Lee Cox does not feel that defeat to Coventry City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy will affect the Pilgrims ahead of Saturday’s game.The Greens suffered their first defeat in eight on Wednesday night when John Sheridan’s side were knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, losing 2-0 to Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.
With the Pilgrims tasting the bitter taste of defeat, the Argyle dressing room was not too down, as they believed they played well, and that it was a tight encounter.
On Saturday, less than 72 hours after the final whistle in Warwickshire, Argyle take to the field again, meeting Portsmouth at Home Park. The game, which kicks off at 12.05pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, is the club’s annual Armed Services Day fixture.
Cox won the plaudits of many during the Coventry City clash, and said: “As soon as the final whistle went, we all regrouped in the dressing room.
“We think we played really well, and it could have gone either way, it was a really tight game; I thought whoever got the first goal was going to go on and win. There were times when we played them off the park, and we did well against them.”
Argyle can now focus on their league programme, and with the small matter of a Dockyard Derby to contend with this Saturday, Lee believes that everyone is looking forward to the Portsmouth clash.
This season is Argyle’s fourth year in Sky Bet League 2, and Lee doesn’t want to make it a fifth. He believes that the loss to Coventry would not have heavily dampened many spirits.
He said: “The big game now is on Saturday, because most importantly we want to get out of the league, so I don’t think anyone was down about the loss last night.”