IF one was prone to a cliché, one might term Southend United v Plymouth Argyle this weekend as a six-pointer.
Southend currently sit above Argyle in the Sky Bet League 2 play-off places, ahead of the Pilgrims by one place and two points. All that could change this weekend as Argyle travel to Roots Hall to meet the Shrimpers, with both sides chasing valuable points as the second half of the season gets underway.
Argyle captain Curtis Nelson believes that this weekend’s game away to Southend United is an important fixture – but is not focusing on the identity of the opposition. Every game, says the skipper, from now on in, is important to the Pilgrims he proudly leads.
“We need to take three points at the end of the day,” said Curtis. “It doesn’t matter who we get them against, or how we get them; we need three points.
“Obviously it’s the business end of the season now. We need to pick up points, to start getting points to keep us up in the table, and push for promotion.”
This weekend’s opponents are currently enjoying a fine spell of form, having suffered only one loss in ten league games.
“It’s not going to be an easy game,” said Curtis.
“They are doing well themselves, but we’ll go there and we’ll look to get three points against them. They’re not an unbeatable team.”
“Whether they’re above us or below us, we go into the every game with the same attitude - we need to get three points.”
The trip to sixth-place Southend precedes the visit of fifth-place Luton to Home Park. A decent points tally from this double header would certainly serve Argyle well following a recent blip.
Curtis said: “I think we’re there. We definitely got something in us. I think we’re in a good position.
“Coming out of Christmas we could have been in a better position, but in the end of the day, there’s room for improvement.
“I think that’s something we’re working on and definitely pushing to get three points on Saturday.”