Operation Shrewsbury

POINTS on the road is the next objective for Argyle after another decent home display was enough to secure a victory over Fleetwood on the weekend.

Despite that success, the Pilgrims remain in the relegation zone ahead of tonight’s trip to Shrewsbury Town but just seven points separate the bottom eight teams in Sky Bet League One. 

The Greens have struggled away from home this season, with just the one victory, an excellent 4-1 success at Scunthorpe, and manager Derek Adams is looking for a return to the away form that has been one of the hallmarks of his time at the helm.

“We have to pick up away from home, we have to get wins and draws,” said Derek. “We have had a very good away record over my time here and we have to get back to that.

“We have probably not had a team selection that has been consistent, we are getting that now, it has allowed the players to get to know each other very quickly and we have to get back to what we did in previous seasons by winning away from home.“

Shrewsbury sit five points better off than us but are without a permanent manager following John Askey’s departure earlier this month. Goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne has taken temporary charge until a permanent solution is found.

Due to the nature of the standings, Derek knows the Fleetwood win was a significant momentum boost and Argyle must keep that going to avoid any potential relegation fight.

“It was an important one for us all because we have been able to close the gap between ourselves and the ones above us,” said Derek. “It brings more teams into it [the relegation zone] and that’s what we want to do.

 “It is tight until mid-table, you look at Fleetwood who are roughly in mid-table they have won six games, we have won four games this season, that shows you how tight it is. We have to turn the defeats into wins to move further up the league.  As we know in previous seasons, winning football matches certainly gets you moving quite quickly.”

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