IT is now the halfway point in the Sky Bet League One season and we set our work experience student Sophie Naddermier the task of compiling a review of the campaign so far.
After a bad start to the season, only claiming two points from their opening five league games, the first target for Argyle and Derek Adams was to get the first league win. September was a month of ‘will they won’t they’.
Argyle were putting in the performances but could not make their chances count. They were starting to slip further down the table and were rooted to the bottom. October, however, was when things looked to be on the up for the Pilgrims.
They were off the mark in the second game of the month, a 1-0 win against Wimbledon, with Freddie Ladapo getting the winning goal. In the month of October, Argyle were starting to find their form with two more wins, a 3-1 home victory against Gillingham and a masterful display at Scunthorpe, winning 4-1.
Ladapo was starting to find his form, he was on eight goals by the beginning of November, with six of the eight goals at that point coming in four games.
November, it is safe to say, was an interesting month for Argyle in terms of performances. The Sunderland game on November 3 was particularly notable. A 2-0 home defeat, however, at half time, it could have been anyone’s game.
Both teams had started brightly, but the Pilgrims, as has been seen a number of times this season, were not clinical enough in the final third. The solitary league win that month was against Fleetwood Town who were sitting comfortably in mid-table.
It was a game where Argyle took their chances and deservedly won the game with Ladapo adding a brace, taking his total by the end of November to double figures with 10. He is now on 12 goals for the season. It will be interesting to see if his great run of form continues.
Argyle enter the Christmas run of fixtures in 23rd position in League One, only one point from safety. The Pilgrims know that they will have to make their chances count if they are to avoid the dreaded end-of-season relegation dogfight.
The second half of the campaign begins with a trip to Wimbledon on Boxing Day.