Take It Away, Boys

OLLIE Norburn is aiming to celebrate the new year with one – maybe two – for the road.

The Pilgrims go into 2015 occupying the seventh, and last, place of Sky Bet League 2’s promotion play-off positions.
Just 11 of their 37 points have come from away matches, a statistic that Ollie knows needs to be bettered in the second half of a campaign which begins with a visit to York on Saturday followed by another long-haul road-trip seven days later.
“We want to improve on our away form,” he said. “That’s a big thing that has probably let us down so far, and this weekend’s a perfect chance to get the away form sorted. We’ve got Southend the weekend after, away, as well, so it’s a good chance for us to start off 2015 well.
“It’s been a good [first] half of the season. Maybe we feel we could be better off than where we are. There have been a lot of good performances, but we’ve slipped up at times.”
Last year ended disappointingly for Argyle, with two defeats inside four days over Christmas, but the January-April half of their Sky Bet League 2 campaign offers an opportunity to reignite a promotion push. Quietly.
“It’s a big half of the season for the whole of the squad,” said Ollie. “Hopefully, we can kick on again and get on another run.
“We want to be up there, but I’m not going to start screaming and shouting ‘promotion this’ and ‘promotion that’ – our form so far this season has shown we are a good enough side to be up there.”