Knowing Then What You Know Now

DESPITE only scoring one point from two recent away games, there is barely any moment over the last nine months that Derek Adams would have settled for how the Sky Bet League One table now looks.

Argyle are in seventh place in the table, two points Scunthorpe, with the Iron still left to play, and three behind Charlton, with a game in hand. In short, if Argyle win their final three games, they will get in the end of season play-offs. A simple equation, if not a simple task. 

For a team only just promoted from the division below, let alone one that was bottom of the league as 2017 was about to elapse, it has to be seen as a pleasing feat. 

"We're delighted to be in the position we're in," said manager Derek Adams. "Three games to go in then campaign and we're pushing for a play-off position.

"We are more than delighted with the season we have had and we keep on trying to push forward. There are a lot of teams in this league who would like to be in the position that we are."

Antoni Sarcevic made his return from injury as Argyle drew 1-1 with Rochdale, but Paul Paton missed out, and joined Ryan Taylor, Moses Makasi, Simon Church and Ryan Edwards as first-team squad absentees. 

Argyle must play another three games in the last eight days of the season, and if they achieve their goal, it will be a testament to the will of a group of players giving their all for the cause. 

Derek said: "We're playing with players who are playing at only 75% because they have got knocks and injuries throughout the squad. That's what happens at this time [of the season]."