In It Together

PETER Hartley believes the keys to the Pilgrims successful start to the season are hard work and togetherness.

Sky Bet League 2 leaders Argyle go into Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash at Oxford United three points clear after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley at Home Park, where in-form striker Reuben Reid scored the game’s only goal midway through the first half.

It was the ninth win in 13 league games under new manager Derek Adams, who Argyle vice-captain Hartley credits for the Pilgrims’ flying start. 

“He doesn’t accept mediocrity, that’s one of the biggest things,” said Peter. “His standards are high; every day, he raises the bar; every day, he expects 100%. We don’t do things in halves here now. We work hard every day and we give everything we’ve got. 

“Training sessions are tough but I think you see the rewards every Saturday. This time last year, we would probably have lost [against Accrington], if I’m honest. 

“You set your goals and your targets. Everyone in the dressing-room will have wanted to have been top of the league and expected to be top of the league. 

“No team in this division had a harder pre-season than us; and no-one has better team morale than us – we are all friends; we get along alright. That’s what’s helping us gel really quick as a team, with all the new signings. That’s one of the big factors.”