Keeping it Together

ARGYLE head into the second half of the season at the top of Sky Bet League 2 - but goalkeeper Luke McCormick knows there is still a long way to go.

The Pilgrims have played 24 league games, winning 15 and drawing four, giving a points total of 49. However, Derek Adams squad know they cannot get ahead of themselves as they still have 22 games left to play and need to stay focused if they want to win the league. 

Carlisle United pose the first threat of 2016, as Argyle meet them at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park ground on Saturday. 

The Argyle stopper has been part of many different dressing rooms at Home Park, including one that gained promotion in 2003-04. The present unit, he says, compares favourably to those he has known before. 

"We've acquired a fantastic amount of points in a relatively short space of time so we're really happy with where at up to this point - but there's still a long long way to go," said McCormick. "It's just half a job done at the moment.

"I think we had a tremendous team of individuals [last season] but I think we're more of a unit, more of a team this season. We've got a lot of quality within the ranks. I think consistency has been the big word. 

"We've been able to put in some good performances and also get some cracking results. We've been able to come from behind which we've struggled to do at times.

"I think the bond and knit we have between the lads is as good as I've ever seen it and been involved with. That carries a long way because they're the lads that are fighting together on a Saturday. 

"We spend a lot of time together so it's important that we're a close group and that's exactly what we are. 

"We're a really well drilled unit and we work hard on the training ground. We know our responsibilities and our jobs. 

"By the time Saturday afternoon comes we're well rehearsed. We've got a good work ethic about us which also helps and we're enjoying our football which is crucial.

"Hopefully we can emulate what we did all those years ago."