Business as Usual
WITH the often busy Christmas period beginning for Argyle...
...manager Derek Adams is ensuring it will be business as usual for his team during December.
The Greens are preparing for a string of games over the festive and New Year period, beginning with a visit to Hartlepool United on Saturday. Games against Yeovil Town and at Newport County immediately follow Christmas Day, but the boss will be handling his work as professionally as ever during that time.
“It’s always the same: you just work over the Christmas period, it’s not a problem,” said Derek. “It’s a job, it’s an occupation.
“We’ll come in on Christmas Day; we’ll come in on Hogmanay; we’ll train on New Year’s Day, and get on with it. That’s just the same as everybody else has to: hospitals, the fire brigade, the police, they’re exactly the same, and it’s not a problem.”
More hard work will be done by Adams and his side this month to maintain their excellent league position and record, despite their recent slump in results. The Pilgrims have as many points to their name now as they did well after the turn of the year last season, and the boss does not want to understate what his side have achieved so far.
“We’re on 40 points; we’ve won the second-most games in the division;we’ve got the second-best goal difference; so, if you look at it, we’re going really well,” said Derek. “We’ve got in a very good position early in the season.
“We’ve got 20 points from our home games; 20 from our away games. We’ve got 40 points from 21 games – last season, it was 40 points from 28 games. When you look at it, we’re ahead of schedule.
“I’m a realist, and we are in a very good position because we’ve worked hard. We have had our injury problems, and that’s why we’ve maybe not won the games that we’ve had, but we’ve drawn games at home and away from home that are big points.
“Wins are vital – I know that from the past and from winning championships, and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”