FORWARD Jake Jervis has no doubts how important it was for Argyle to bounce back with a victory over promotion rivals Carlisle United on Saturday...
...following their disappointing defeat by Notts County a few days earlier.
The two home games could barely have been more different, with goals from Graham Carey and Jake securing a 2-0 victory over Carlisle that considerably sweetened the bitterness of the 1-0 midweek defeat by the Magpies.
“I think it was massive,” said Jake, “and the manner we did it shows what a good group we have here. Getting a clean sheet, as well. It was a comfortable game and we threatened quite a lot; hit the bar; had chances. It was good.
“We had to get the three points. I don’t think it was just the loss on Tuesday – it was the performance. It just wasn’t us. We started booming balls and that sort of play; today, we used wingers; got the ball in the box; moved the ball about; and we were a much better team.”
Jake said that, although successive home defeats by lowly Leyton and Notts County had left some asking questions, the dressing-room remained calm.
“Self-belief-wise, the boys are good at that,” he said, “but I think, in terms of settling the fans, settling staff, settling everyone else, we need to show how good we are. We’ve showed that all season and got back to today and got the win.”
The victory left Argyle four points behind leaders Doncaster Rovers, with a home game in hand to come on Tuesday night against Blackpool, and seven ahead of third-placed Carlisle and a chasing pack that includes Luton Town and Portsmouth.
“If you look at it, everything is in our hands,” said Jake. “We have got to go to Doncaster and Portsmouth and, obviously, they are big games.
“We have risen to the occasion well each time it has come to it. If we keep doing that, it shouldn’t be a problem.”