JAMILLE Matt believes that it is time for Argyle to ask their promotion rivals: “Can you keep up with us?”
Jamille, 26, joined Argyle on a 28-day loan from Fleetwood, and has scored in his last two games in an Argyle shirt, including the first in Argyle's 3-2 win against Yorkon Monday.
Combined with results elsewhere, the victory meant Argyle returned to the division's top three, and Jamille says that he is excited about the prospect of helping the Pilgrims get promoted.
“It's in our hands," he said. “We shouldn’t be looking for other people to do us favours. We need to keep it in our hands and keep winning and putting pressure on other teams to say ‘Can you match that?’ ‘Can you keep up with us?’ and if we can keep doing that, then we will be promoted. That is the way we are looking. We are looking upwards rather than looking behind us and thinking ‘they can catch us’. We will just keep doing that.”
At half-time the Pilgrims were 3-0 up, with Jamille’s goal, Reuben Reid’s penalty and a Will Boyce own goal meaning the game was all but decided. However, the Minstermen fought back valiantly, and scored twice in the second-half to close the gap.
“We made it hard for ourselves,” said Matt. “We had a few chances where we are disappointed not to make it 4-0. I had a chance for myself which I am disappointed not to have scored from. We got the three points in the end. It's a hard-fought game and we weren’t happy that we conceded two goals and the lads made sure everyone knew that when we came into the changing rooms. But we will take the three points and we will hopefully learn from the mistakes and put that right for the next game.
“We definitely will voice our concerns about that, the lads were saying that everyone together, as a team, were not happy with the way we played in the second-half. We will nip that in the bud and look forward to Saturday, where the main objective again is to win. If we win our games from now until the end of the season we will be promoted - that is the main thing.”
Argyle’s next challenge is a trip up the road to rivals Exeter City, who are currently 11th in Sky Bet League 2.
“There has been quite a bit of chat about that recently,” said Matt. “Someone said to me straight away ‘If you score next week you are a hero’. I've played in a few derbies; it is rough and tumble and you have got to be up for it otherwise you will be found wanting. I will be looking forward to that; I quite like the physical side of it.”
Jamille says that he has settled in well at Argyle and he is enjoying the camaraderie between his new team mates that he hopes will inspire the Greens to gain promotion.
“In League 1 it seems to be more of a northern League, and League 2 is more of a southern League. Where Plymouth is, it is still quite of a distance. Morecambe on Friday was a long journey which I was not used to. It brings us lads that much closer together because we spend a lot of time together. It is a good camaraderie between the lads and a good friendship and good fellowship between the lads. That is the good thing about having to travel that far. There is a great team spirit and hopefully that will lift us to get promotion.”