Half-Term Report

THE simple objective for Argyle in the second half of the season is to pick up more points and pull away from the relegation places in Sky Bet League One.

It took 12 games for the Pilgrims to record their first win of the league campaign, a 1-0 success over Wimbledon, but form has improved gradually through the early winter months.

Accrington Stanley visit Home Park on Saturday and the immediate focus for Argyle it to tighten up at the back and keep taking chances at the other end of the pitch, with the January transfer window an opportunity to strengthen in certain areas.

“We would have hoped to be in a better position than we are at this moment in time,” said Argyle manager Derek Adams. “We feel, at times, we could have picked up some more points and been further up the league.

“In the second-half of the season, we’ve obviously got to address that. We’ve got better consistency through team selection and our injury situation is improving, which is allowing the players to get a better feel for each other.

“We’ve still had to change our backline a number of times over recent weeks, which you don’t always want to do, through injury or poor form.

“We have to be better defensively and continue to take our chances when they come along. We have improved at that but we have to do better defensively.

“We’ll look to strengthen different areas in January and work with the players we have here already to make us better. At this time of year, clubs might have injury problems and may need to look at what players they can take in before they release any.

“It’s a quick transfer window, only open for a month, which is good because it allows you to get things done quickly.”

Christmas celebrations at Home Park for Accrington game

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