SIX weeks to the day since Argyle kicked off their pre-season campaign at Elburton Villa, manager Derek Adams took a chance to reflect of his side’s development.

This midweek is only the second since Derek got the ball rolling at Haye Road that Argyle have not had a game. Six pre-season games, followed by five thus far in the regular season has Adams’ charges keeping themselves busy. 

Three wins out of four – with notable improvements later on in games – seem to suggest that the packed pre-season and whirlwind start to the season have helped, rather than hindered, the Pilgrims’ progress. 

Adams hopes his side can capitalise on the hard work they've put into force to help get a result on Saturday, when Newport County are the visitors to Home Park. 

"We've got a mid week break this week and we're recharging the batteries,” said Derek. “We're getting the players back to having a recovery session at times but we are still working hard on the training field.

“We carry on as normal. We worked a double session yesterday (Monday) and we have a double session today. We've got tomorrow off but we'll be working towards Saturday.

"We talk about pre-season training and how hard it was: the reason its hard is to be ready for the start of the season. The players are fit physically and mentally; this week is just a good week for them to have that recovery." 

"I think there are areas that we can improve on. I think that we can help them and make them even better than they are. They've performed really well to start the season but there's always improvement. We'll get there and keep on moving along over the next couple of weeks."

With all the hard-work the players have put in so far, it seems no wonder that  there would be some injury niggles. The manager is hopeful, however, that both Reuben Reid and Gregg Wylde are available for selection for Saturday, both having been withdrawn during the game at Northampton with knocks. 

"They're progressing well,” said Derek. “They're better than they were on Saturday. We're still hopeful that we'll have both of them for Saturday’s game against Newport. They're improving every day.

"Collectively I'm delighted with the way that the group has come together. They've looked after each other; they're good professionals and want to do well."