SHIRTSLEEVES and suncream were the order of the day the last time before Saturday’s home loss to Grimsby that Gary Miller tasted Sky Bet League Two defeat with Argyle.
Now, barely a month before Christmas, he believes that distant memory will be a helpful one.
“It’s a good thing that we have been in this position before, at the start of the season, and we responded to that then,” said the Scottish defender. “We can take confidence and know that we are capable of recovering and doing it, so it’s just putting it into practice.”
‘Capable’ rather downplays the Pilgrims’ response to dealing with successive defeats in their opening two games of the league campaign: 12 wins out of the next 15 games; 38 points from a possible 45; 28 goals scored and 13 conceded; from bottom, with no points, to top, by four points.
The record would have been so much better had not Grimsby beaten them 3-0 on Saturday.
“We’re delighted with the run, but we are still disappointed to get beaten,” said Gary. “We just need to bounce back and react to that, and look to recover and do as well as we can.
“I don’t think it was a 3-0, but I still don’t think we deserved to win. Grimsby did well at what they did, so you have got to give them credit for that, but we know we can do better and we should do better.
“We got forward well; we did a lot of good things. It just didn’t seem to come off for us. Maybe it was an off-day but, in football, we know these things happen, so it is now about putting it right.
“We have done well to get ourselves into the position we’re in and we just need to continue and try to keep climbing from there and keep picking up points
“It’s been a good run; we just need to try to start another one. Our main aim will be to get out there and try to rectify what we feel was a disappointing result for us on Saturday.”