Ready for the Fight
BOXING Day proved to be the latest frustrating chapter in a game that typified our season, as a late defensive mistake allowed Mitch Pinnock to pinch the points for Wimbledon.
After David Fox had scored a stunner for the Pilgrims, Anthony Wordsworth replied for the hosts and, despite Argyle controlling large periods of the second half, defeat arrived to send us bottom of Sky Bet League One.
For manager Derek Adams, it is a conundrum to be solved but, in the three years he has been at the Home Park, the Scot has guided Argyle to a League Two Play-Off Final, automatic promotion and the brink of the League One Play-Offs.
“My position have been called into question from the moment I walked into the football club,” said Derek. “Some supporters didn’t want me here in the first instance and that’s what happens.
“I’ve been here for three-and-a-half years and I’m aiming to stay here for another four-and-a-half years. I signed a long-term contract in the summer and I look forward to that time. I’ve been very loyal to this football club in the summer, I was loyal before, and they’ve been loyal to me as well.
“Boxing Day was huge because we were right in the game and, at 1-1, I thought we could go on to win the match. We’re just getting hammer-blow after hammer-blow at this moment in time and then having to change to get the goal back.
“It’s the situation we are in at this moment in time but I’ve had criticism from the moment I walked in the door, and every manager gets it. Not every supporter is going to be happy with every manager who walks in the door.
“I’m here to try and get us out of the bottom-zone. We did it last year and will aim to try and do it again this year. There is a lot of work behind the scenes to get players in and it’s all busy.”