DAVID Fox allowed himself a deal of pleasure as Argyle cemented their place in Sky Bet’s League Two promotion places with a 1-0 home victory over Morecambe.
The win was achieved through Graham Carey’s 13th goal of the season midway through a first-half that the second-placed Pilgrims utterly dominated.
Such was their command of the game in the first 45 minutes that they simply could not maintain the standard after the interval, but they repelled all attempts by the visitors to get back into the match without too much ado.
“It’s a very satisfying result,” said Pilgrims’ midfielder David. “At this time of the season, you pick up your three points and you get yourself on to the next game – that’s all that matters.
“I thought, first half, we were terrific – we were really dominant; in the second half, I thought we started sloppy and let [Morecambe] back into it, but we saw the game out okay.
“We’d have liked to have got a second goal in the first half – I think our dominance probably deserved a second goal; it wasn’t to be, but we got the three points.
“Obviously, we would have liked to have put in a performance in the second half like the first, but [Morecambe] have had a good record away from home this year, so it was a good victory for us.
“We probably spent 15 minutes [at half-time] saying ‘we’ve got to stay at it – they are going to come at us’. We just made silly little mistakes, then the crowd get nervous and it sort of has this knock-on effect, but we did see the game out.
“We always feel that, if we keep a clean sheet, we have got a real good chance of winning the game.
“I thought we could have maybe had a little bit more in the final third that would have got us a second goal but I’ll wake tomorrow and see that we’ve got the three points.
“At this stage of the season, three points is all that matters. People will be looking at it, seeing that we won again, and we move on to next week, and after that, we will move on again.”
Next week is a Sunday Sky TV showdown away at leaders Doncaster Rovers, the first of eight matches which will determine whether Argyle will remain in the division’s top three and gain promotion.
“It’s probably the hardest eight games we’ll have because of everything that comes with it,” said Foxy, “but it’s about keeping calm, keeping your mind and your focus, and going out there and doing your jobs.
“If we can go out there and do our jobs for eight games, we’ll hopefully be where we want to be.”