Blessing in Disguise

THE 3-0 defeat on the opening day of the season may have been a good thing, according to Argyle midfielder Yann Songo’o.

While it was undoubtedly not a part of manager Derek Adams’ team-talk that day to say “Go out and lose 3-0, lads”, Yann believes that the wake-up call that the loss gave the players, psychologically, may have had positive long term effects. 

“I actually think it was a good thing,” said Yann. “You’d rather lose 3-0 in the first game than lose three games in a row, because that’s nine points. 

“If you look at the classification now, we are third in the league, only one point behind the leaders. It was a good first half against Luton, but in the second half we dropped a little bit. It was a good wake-up call for us, to say ‘this is going to be tough, no game is easy.’

“I think it is a very good start. We had a very difficult first two games, perhaps after our amazing pre-season we were a bit too confident. It’s a really big difference between friendly games and league games – and this is a really tough league. 

“Also, we had a lot of new players. We needed a little bit of time to mould and get better. At the minute, I don’t think we are playing the greatest, but our mentality is really strong, and the last four games, having clean sheets, has given us confidence. We are going to get better and better.”

Yann added his name to the roll-call of people associated with Argyle keen to point out that the fact that Cambridge United, Saturday’s opponents, are bottom of Sky Bet League Two, is largely irrelevant. 

“Teams come here double motivated to play against us,” said Yann. “At the minute we are doing well. 

“You can’t judge any team in this league. Every game is different, and every game you play like it is a final. Cambridge will come here with a strong team, and will do their best. Every game is different, and every team is strong. It is really equal. But we would like three points, and another clean sheet.”