Feeling the Buzz
ARGYLE manager Derek Adams believes there is a buzz of excitement throughout the club both inside the dressing room and in the stands.
The Pilgrims continued their rich vein of form with a 4-2 thriller at Home Park against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night. The victory saw the Greens go within three points of the Sky Bet League One play-offs, with the increasing possibility of the Pilgrims reaching the Play-offs starting to resonate wider and wider.
Adams said of his players: “They are in a good place; they have an excellent team spirit. That’s not just the 11 that are starting, that is everyone around the squad as well. We had a very good transfer window where we offloaded players and took in cash while reducing the wage bill; all these things have been beneficial too us.
“I think that in football, winning games does excite people and we have been able to put on a very good run. The players are in great form, they are playing with a lot of confidence and with that the crowds have improved again this year.”
“We had 10,000 on a Tuesday night; they were very vocal and that helped the team immensely. We go to Oxford on Saturday and we have sold out our full allocation. That shows you how they feel about the team and that’s a good thing.
“Anything is possible, I think that the position we are in and the way we have played it is certainly a possibility. I would say there is only one place up for grabs in that play-off position.”
With the Greens travelling to out of sorts Oxford United on Saturday, Adams knows that Argyle have to be wary as managerless United’s league position does not reflect the quality of the U’s squad.
Adams said: “They are a very good side and probably in a false positon, from the point of view that the amount of finance that has been pumped into the football club to get them into the position that they want to be.
“They were looking at the start of the season to be in the play-off positions, and they have fallen away from that at this moment in time. But, that’s not to say they can’t have a good run until the end of the season.”
With the Pilgrims having a match to forget in the reverse fixture at Home Park, when Oxford won 4-0 Adams doesn’t feel that gives Argyle any extra incentive at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t have thought so,” he said. “Circumstances were against us that day. We had the sending off and we know earlier on in the season that didn’t help us. We played very well at times, but when we lost the second goal and the man it was very difficult after that.”