NO matter what has occurred the previous Saturday, there is always good reason to have a game on a Tuesday night.
Win on the Saturday? Then it is great that you can keep the momentum going with a game the following Tuesday night and keep racking up the points.
Get beat on the Saturday? In that case it is a good thing to get back on the horse and try to shake of the memories. Nothing worse than sitting and brooding on a defeat all week.
Argyle lost 2-0 at home to fellow play-off hopefuls Bury on Saturday, and will face the latter scenario outlined above when visiting Stevenage this Tuesday.
The Bury defeat was doubly frustrating as not only did John Sheridan’s Pilgrims cede ground to rivals, but it followed a four-game winning streak that culminated with a famous 3-1 win at St James Park.
Defender Carl McHugh says that the side will look to focus on the positives of those four victories when trying to get back to winning ways at the Lamex Stadium.
He said: “We got four wins to get ourselves back in it; it’s a shame that Saturday didn’t go for us and we didn’t get the result we wanted.
“These are important games, and that is why Saturday was bitterly disappointing. They jumped above us in the table. That is why we have to go again on Tuesday; it will be a really tough game again, but we have to get back to winning ways, like we have done recently.
“We have got ourselves in a decent position, though and we are in the final straight. We need to kick on for the rest of the season and get the points in.”
The four-game streak in itself ended a barren spell of seven games without a win but, despite topsy-turvy form, Argyle still sit just one point and one place outside the play-off zone. With 13 games still to go, it would take a committed optimist or arch-pessimist to declare it a certainty that Argyle’s fate is already sealed – whichever side of the dotted line they finish.
“It’s really exciting,” said Carl, of the league position. “You would far rather be in this position than struggling, or being in mid-table with nothing to play for.
“Everyone just has to stick together. It probably isn’t going to be plain sailing, but we will try and enjoy it. The players will be doing their best to get the results to get us to where we want to be.”