SONNY Bradley knows the Sky Bet League lower divisions well and could not be more delighted where he is right now.
The 25-year-old centre-back is enjoying being five points clear at the top of League Two with his Pilgrim team-mates, who attempt to keep their nine-game unbeaten league run going at Stevenage this weekend.
“It’s where we want to be and it’s where we want to stay,” he said. “We had a bit of a difficult start, losing three games, but, since then, we have kicked on and have done really well.
“The training that we do and the way we apply ourselves is really reflected in our results. I couldn’t be happier at the moment. It is just a case of keeping it up and not letting our standards drop.”
The aim for Sonny and his team-mates is to stay ahead of the chasing pack and win promotion, 12 months on from being denied that prize in the final game of the English season.
“If we keep working hard and applying ourselves in the right way, I don’t see why that can’t happen,” said Sonny.
“I’ve had a look at the table and a couple of teams will be having a difficult time at the minute. I’ve been down there and it’s tough. When you are top of the league, you are certainly happier – you are a happier person – and you have just got to keep that up.
“It’s a tough league and I do believe that, on their day, anyone can beat anyone. You have got to make sure that you work hard during the week, look after yourself, and maintain your fitness – just keep going and make sure you stay top of that league.
“It’s a great start and we have just got to keep that up. It’s a long season. At the minute, the pitches are nice; they’ve still got grass on them. Come January and February, when the pitches start tearing up, it starts getting difficult, cold Tuesday nights – I think that’s when you find what players are about.
“I think we have got the players in this squad to handle those situations.”
Sonny was rested for Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Wimbledon, bringing to an end a personal run of 79 consecutive games, and he said: “It was a bit of a strange one, watching the lads play. I didn’t really enjoy it.
“I wanted to be out there, helping. In the second half, when I could see them struggling a little bit, I just wanted to be out on the pitch.”
One of those 79 appearances was for Crawley Town at Stevenage last season, which resulted in an away victory. That means Sonny has fared better than his current side at the Lamex Stadium in recent seasons.
He said: “Stevenage is a difficult place to go, and I spoke to Luke [McCormick] earlier in the week and he said Plymouth haven’t really been successful there. So that is something we will be looking to make right.
“If the lads apply themselves in the right way, we have got more than enough to go there and get three points. We have just got to turn up on the day, perform how we can perform, take the game to them and come back with three points.”