HADEN Tye takes a look at the reasons we should be optimistic this week...
When Argyle play Stevenage on January 16, the Pilgrims can be comforted by their superb home record on that date. Argyle have played 12 home games on that date over the years, and won nine of them. Those results include a 3-2 victory over Manchester City in 1988 with Mark Smith, Tommy Tynan and Stewart Evans scoring, a George Dews double with Ernie Edds, Hugh McJarrow and an own-goal helping Argyle to a 5-0 victory over Oldham in 1954 and an 8-1 thumping of Millwall in 1932 with a Jack Vidler hat trick, a Ray Bowden double, and Jack Leslie, Sammy Black and an own-goal finishing the scoring.
Argyle are currently in the hands of Derek Adams, who currently has the highest league win percentage of any manager to have managed more than two games for the Pilgrims. Derek's win percentage in the league currently stands at an impressive 61.5%, with the next closest full-time manager's record being the 56.0% that Rollo Jack achieved with his time in charge of the Pilgrims. He managed 25 league games, whereas Derek has managed 26.
Every time Argyle have lost a league game this season, they have produced some sort of result in the next game, never losing twice in a row. Defeat has, in fact, set Argyle on some good runs of form. After losing to Oxford, the Pilgrims went on to win the next three, and after defeat against Cambridge, Argyle went on to win the next four.