Life's a Gaz
GARY Sawyer admitted he has never been involved in a season quite like this one in his 14-year professional career.
The Pilgrims host fourth-placed Rotherham on Saturday knowing that if the Pilgrims can win their last three games they will be guaranteed a play-off spot, something that Sawyer saysits would be a massive achievement for the club.
Given that Argyle have had injury problems, seven different goalkeepers, and looked to be in a relegation battle until Christmas, the fact that with a week of the season to go, they are looking to escape the division the correct way is somewhat astonishing.
Gary said: “With the start we had, sitting there in December looking up at everyone, to give ourselves a chance of getting in the play-offs is massive. Not only for us, but the club, the fans and everyone involved in this. It is something we know and we are focused on doing, so we will give ourselves every chance to do it.
“It’s a fantastic position we have put ourselves in. There are three massive games to go next and everyone is ready to go for them. We need to recover from the one we have just played and kick on for Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.
“I don’t think I have played in a season like this. If you take the injuries, sendings off and the start we had into account. Now the finish we are having I don’t think I have ever been involved in a season like this.”
With the Millers coming to Home Park this weekend Gary felt the squad reacted well to the disappointing defeat at Northampton with a good performance against Rochdale on Tuesday and the squad are raring to go with the full backing of the Green Army.
“We have got a great group of lads: great boys and great professionals first and foremost. You get that down here; you get the mind-set of players that come down and are quite tunnel-visioned with where they want to go. With the travelling and living this far down the country you need a certain breed of player that comes down. We have got a great group in there, and to give ourselves a chance with a week left is amazing.
“Northampton was a bit of disappointment from us. We were fuming as it wasn’t good enough, and we wanted to put that right at Rochdale. I think we did do that, although we didn’t get the win we were after, it was a good performance from the boys. We worked hard and that is what it is going to take over the next three games.
“It’s a massive game; they all are now. It doesn’t matter who we are playing it’s about us now. If we are on our day we can beat anyone in the league. It’s going to be about us, but they will have one eye on the play offs and we need both of ours on it.
“It’s amazing to fill this stadium. It’s such a great stadium as well, the fans really do help us when they come out in force like they have done this year, it’s been amazing.”