Pedal to the Metal
WITH the league looking tighter than ever, Derek Adams wants his Argyle side to take command of their next game against Notts County, and maintain control of their own destiny.
The Greens saw their grip of a place in the Sky Bet League 2 promotion places loosened slightly with a draw on Tuesday night, against a Yeovil Town side who upped their game to match Derek's side. Fellow promotion chasers Accrington Stanley and Oxford United both won, but the Pilgrims' fate remains in their own hands.
"It was good to hear that that was Yeovil's best performance of the season," said Adams, "because they played really well on the night and played with a lot of good energy.
"I think that's happened a number of times to us this season – where the team has had their best performance against Plymouth Argyle. That's something that we can be proud of; it shows you how far we've come, that people are really lifting their game."
The end result in Argyle's previous two games could well have been better, but the Pilgrims' run of form is still one that the boss wants to maintain as the Magpies visit Home Park on Saturday. The manager will be calling upon the mentality of one of his old bosses to ensure his team are prepared for the final 14 games of the season.
"We've come away with two points away from home," said Adams, "followed on from the 3-0 win at home, so we're happy with the progress we're making. We thought we should've taken three points from the Crawley game, and we're probably unfortunate we've not come away with three clean sheets on the road, as well.
"We want to continue the good form we're on. Over the last ten games we've won five, drawn three and lost two, so we're on a good run of form. You look at the league and it's tightening up now. It's looking very tight all over, and it's going to be a very good finish to the season."
"They've come away from Accrington the other night 3-0 down and been able to get back to 3-2, so that shows they've got a wee bit of resilience about them.
"They've got a big squad, since the start of the season they've changed their manager, and with that it changes the style of play. It'll be interesting to see what happens when they come down here on Saturday; what formation they play; how they go about the game. We're at home, and we obviously want to take the game to them.
"We've got 14 games to go, and as my old manager at Motherwell, Eric Black, used to say 'it's the pedal to the floor, and keep it firmly to the floor.'"