ARGYLE midfielder Ryan Donaldson believes the Pilgrims’ lofty Sky Bet League Two position and their form in the first two-thirds of the season has made them a prized scalp for their peers.
The second-placed Greens travel to Cambridge United on Saturday, looking to get their promotion bandwagon back on track against his former club following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Yeovil in midweek.
“When teams beat us, they celebrate like they have won the league,” he said. “Yeovil, the other night...you should have heard them when they won. People up their game against us, which you have got to deal with; it’s something you have got to expect when you are a big club like we are.
“It’s not annoying; it just feels better when you beat them, because we should beat teams like that, but sometimes it happens and you have just got to get on with it and move on.”
Argyle’s downfall at Huish Park was a recently familiar failure to deal with, first, a corner, and, then, a free-kick as the Glovers scored two goals in as many minutes.
Ryan said: “We had so many chances in the first half – if we’d put one of those away, I’d trust us to get a positive result. You get punished when you lose concentration at this level, and it was two set-pieces again, which has really annoyed us as a squad, so we’ll be trying to put that right.
“We speak about it. Every time we concede a goal, we will go through the video and see everything. It’s a bit of a recurring theme at the moment, so we’ll have a chat and the gaffer will go through it with us. But it’s down to us on the pitch at the time to see out the danger.
“We haven’t done that as much as possible and it’s cost us this season. Hopefully we can get that right for the final third.”