Far From Finished
DESPITE a comfortable 2-0 win over Mansfield, Graham Carey reckons that the Pilgrims still have more to add to their game in the coming weeks.
Graham grabbed both the goals against the Stags, which meant Argyle won their second on the bounce after losing their first two league games. The six points that the Pilgrims have won in their last two games has moved them into 11th place, and just three points off the top of the league.
"We are far from the finished demon," said Graham. "But we know the potential that we have got. If we play to the standards that we know we can achieve then we will be really close this year.
"We can do a lot more on the training ground and do a lot more work shape-wise and tactically as well. It has been tough travelling and trying to protect the legs a bit with all the games. It will be nice to get a good week under our belt and work on the weaknesses that we have.
"I think with all the travelling we have done and the away games we have played, it was a tough start to the season. But gradually we are growing into the team that we know we can be. Especially in the first-half today; some of the football we played was great and it was to a high tempo - I think that is what we needed to do throughout the game. The second-half we came of the pace a little bit but like Tuesday night we had something to hold onto. We need to learn to control the ball and keep it a bit more and defend further up the pitch.
"We emphasised before the game the importance of a clean-sheet. Especially with the way they played, they were quite physical and quite direct but we knew if we kept the ball and moved the ball then they wouldn't be able to live with us and I don't think they did in the first-half. Second-half we came of the gas a bit, but all in all it was a great win."
Argyle scored two goals in a game for the second time in a week, and kept their first clean-sheet of the campaign in the second home game of the season. The Pilgrims were put under a small amount of pressure in the second-half but comfortably saw off the Stags, on a windy afternoon at Home Park.
"If you are into the wind," said Graham, "you have to play it on the ground. You cannot go long, as such. I thought we mixed our game quite well. The only disappointing thing was the second-half really. As a team we knew that we should have passed the ball more and controlled the game and controlled the clock as well. We know there is stuff to work on. If we can improve and keep winning at the same time then it is perfect."
The Pilgrims face Blackpool away from home in their next league game. Ex-Argyle players Kelvin Mellor and Jamille Matt now play for Blackpool, and will square up against their former club next Saturday.
"It should be a big crowd," said Graham. "With the bank holiday weekend as well, hopefully we will have lot of support. It will be a good game and a good test. Coming from the league above, they will fancy their chances to go back up again and obviously it will be nice to see some familiar faces."