Breaking Good

CARL McHugh has highlighted Argyle’s run of Christmas fixtures as a huge chance to further strengthen their chances of promotion, starting with the visit of Cambridge United.

It has been over a decade since the Greens were in such a lofty league position heading into the festive period, and despite a patchy run of results before a two-week break, McHugh and the rest of the lads are in a prime position for success over Christmas. 

“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Carl. “It’s a massive opportunity for us to get some points on the board, and we’re raring to go. 

“We want to kick on now and stay up at the top of the table. We’ve done really well so far this season. We may’ve had a little blip in the last few games but we’ve done really well over the course of the season and we’re nearly at the midway point. We want to go on now and stay at the top of the league.” 

To do that, more wins are required, starting against a talented Cambridge side at Home Park on Saturday – a side who themselves have picked up wins in their last two league games. Despite being in the bottom half of the table, McHugh knows the threat Cambridge possess, but with a chip still firmly on Argyle's shoulder from a disappointing display against Dagenham & Redbridge, he expects the squad to come out swinging this weekend. 

“They got a new manager recently and, to be fair, they’ve got some decent players in this season,” said Carl. “They’ve given it a bit of a go.

"They've got Barry Corr from Southend so they’ll be a decent side, definitely. It’s going to be a tough game but we’re confident. At home, we’re confident against anyone really, with the supporters behind us. We’ll just be worrying about putting on a good performance first, then hopefully the result takes care of itself.  

“Dagenham was a really disappointing performance, and personally I want to get back out there as quick as possible. If you’re having a two-week break you’d rather finish it off with a victory so you can enjoy it that little bit more. There’s always a tinge of disappointment after the Dagenham game went really, but it’s given us a chance to recharge the batteries, and we’re all raring to go for Saturday.”