JAKE Jervis left the Lamex Stadium bemoaning a poor start by Argyle and a frustrating end for himself that denied the Pilgrims any reward from their visit to Hertfordshire.
Connor Ogilvie’s sixth-minute strike set Boro on their way to a 2-1 Sky Bet League 2 victory, with Chris Whelpdale adding a second seven minutes before the break. A spirited second-half display from the Pilgrims saw substitute Craig Tanner pull a goal back but there was to be no repeat of the 3-2 win at Wimbledon four days earlier, when Argyle were similarly 2-0 down.
“It was a very bad start to be honest,” said Jake. “We didn’t get going. We keep thinking we can turn it on and off and we’re not good enough to do that, plain and simple. We need to start properly from the start, from back to front.
“It was collective. No-one got going and they scored some poor goals. Like Tuesday night, we were coming from behind and we have shown we can do that, but it’s always an uphill task. Obviously, you want to help yourself out and get the lead yourself.
“That’s something we’ve got to change and we’ve got the game next week when we can go and do that.”
Argyle’s next game is at Wycombe, whose 2-1 home win over Hartlepool saw them leapfrog the Pilgrims into second place in the Sky Bet League 2 table.
Manager Derek Adams’ brought on substitutes Tanner and Oscar Threlkeld at half-time, and switched the formation slightly, changes which had an immediate effect on Argyle’s fortunes.
“The manager felt we needed changes and did it,” said Jake. “There was going to be a reaction, regardless, because it wasn’t good enough in the first half so the boys have come on and done everything they could. We were unlucky not to get the win.”
The Greens nearly plucked a point right at the death when Graham Carey picked out Jake with a left wing cross, only for the Argyle striker to head over from a good position.
“It was a very good chance,” said Jake. “I’ve just misjudged it, jumped up and [the ball]’s come off my shoulder. We go again next week and I obviously hope to get goals then.
“We can’t let this get us down. We have done so well so far this season.”