Have a Care

ARGYLE MANAGER Derek Adams believes that the Green Army not see the full extent that the Argyle players and management suffer after a defeat.

“It affects us more than people will realise and sometimes more than some people would wish to realise,” said Derek, refuting a suggestion that the Pilgrims do not care enough during tough spells like the one that Argyle are currently experiencing. 

“It affects us more than it affects a lot of people; it’s our job; it’s our occupation; it affects how our working week works; it affects how peoples family lives are; it affects how people can walk around the town centre. It affects a whole host of things.

“It does affect us in a big way because we want to be further ahead in the league than we are at this moment in time – we want to win games – and we suffer the consequences of that.

While it would come as no surprise to hear that the Pilgrims’ players might feel a little deflated from having won only one Sky Bet League One game from 13 played this season, the manager sees plenty of signs of encouragement on the park.

He said: “Of course, that’s only natural [to feel down] but they have to have a belief that they have competed well in games and shown the qualities that they do have.

“You can’t legislate for someone making a mistake in the third minute of the game; the ball going under their foot and the goal is scored. That is not something you can coach and it has happened a number of times to us this season and it has put us on the back foot.”

Meanwhile, Derek report some positive news on the injury front with one or two of his four injured first-team players nearing a return to the first-team

He said: “They are all still out, but Scott Wootton will be the first one back. He is jogging at this moment in time; he’s still feeling his thigh muscle. The next one back should be Ryan Taylor; then Joe Riley; then Gary Sawyer.”