Lead On

TUESDAY’S 3-2 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Swindon Town continued the Pilgrims’ happy knack this season of winning every game in which they have taken the lead.

Two goals from Lewis Alessandra and another by Deane Smalley gave Argyle a 3-0 half-time lead, which proved just enough to keep the Sky Bet League 1 high-flyers at bay as the visitors scored twice after the break through a Michael Smith penalty and Ben Gladwin’s deflected strike.

The flip side of the coin is that Argyle have yet to come from behind to win a match, losing four of their five away matches and the home game against Wycombe Wanderers by a single goal. Lewi would like to put that to rest as soon as possible, in their League 2 match at Tranmere on Saturday, if necessary.

He said: “When you concede first and teams sit in, you struggle to break teams down when ten men are sat behind the ball. You’re left to pump long balls in and, if you don’t get the rub of the green, it is frustrating. 

“Even if a team does go in front, we need to say: ‘Alright – we’ve gone behind but we are more than good enough to get back in this game and go on and win it.’

“It is important to rectify the slightly poor start we have had away from home. We’ve been fairly good at Home Park, bar the Tuesday night game against Wycombe which I was disappointed to miss. 

“It’s all about going away; grinding results out; picking points up. Alright, we know we’re not going to go away and win every week, but if we are doing well at home and picking points up away from home, I don’t think we’ll be too far away.”