Gary Gets It

PILGRIMS’ defender Gary Miller appreciates the frustrations of the Green Army as Argyle seek their first win of the new season.

A 1-0 defeat at Carlisle on Saturday means that the Pilgrims are goal-less and pointless two games into the 2016-17 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Right-back Gary spoke with some of the near 400 Argyle fans at Brunton Park immediately after the defeat and he shares in their pain.

“It’s not like we’re not disappointed ourselves,” he said. “We understand how they feel. It’s not like we’re enjoying it, either. So we know. We just need to keep battling and we need every one of them to stick behind us, keep going, and try to do it together.

“It’s not like we’re happy getting beat. We’re all thoroughly disappointed and we don’t want to accept that. We need to do better and we know that. So everyone needs to kick on together and build on it. Then results will come, and we’ll get our luck, and that’s when results will start to pick up.

“We’re having a difficult time and no-one wants to take the easy route, so we just need to keep kicking on, give 100% when we’re out there, and work as hard as we can. 

“The first half was not a good performance by ourselves and, at half-time, we tried to regroup, started a wee bit better and, for the last 15-20 minutes, we were pushing, pushing. But it was a not an acceptable first half, really.”

Gary came close to capping the second-half revival when substitute Jake Jervis’ cross caused problems for the Carlisle defence and the ball dropped for him.

He said: “I saw a ruck of players and I thought, if I smashed [the ball], and it hit somebody, it could go either way, so I tried to place it. 

“I think I got it under the ’keeper and defender and somebody’s flicked it off the line.”

The Pilgrims now go to former manager John Sheridan’s Notts County on Tuesday to try to break their seasonal duck.

 “We need that lift and that bit of luck; it will come and we’ll get there,” said Gary, “but we just need to keep battling together; keep the team pushing forward; keep everybody positive; and try to do our best, and it will come.