GRAHAM CAREY says a culmination of hard graft on the training pitch and a few honest talks to ensure all the players are singing from the same hymn sheet will stand the Greens in good stead as they look for their first win of the Sky Bet League One Season.
After another draw at Bristol Rovers, Graham feels that, while the Pilgrims may not have left the Memorial Stadium three points richer, they are headed in the right direction.
Following Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate, the Argyle playmaker said: “We’ve worked hard this week – it’s probably been the hardest week of training that we’ve had all season.
“We’ve had so many midweek games and it’s done us well to stay on the training pitch all week to work on a few things and talk to each other, make sure that we’re all in it together. We know it’s a long season.
“I liked the way we kept going at it today, even when we had chances and didn’t take them. We kept on the front foot and we were taking the game to [Bristol Rovers].
“We knew that we would outlast them in the game it was just a matter of keeping it tight in the first half and building on it. I that we did that really well. It was more like us, the way we played – the way we were solid at the back and creating chances. On another day, we could’ve had two or three.”
Graham believes that, because of the busyness of the summer, it was always going to take time for the team to knit together and to start producing.
He said: “Especially with new players coming in and getting used to what the club is all about and how we played the last few years, it’s going to take time. But, hopefully, with the work we’ve done on the training pitch and seeing it coming into the game, there were a lot of positives.
“There is still a lot to work on but, hopefully, this will give us a foothold going forward. “
The midfielder was encouraged by the fact that, despite passing up opportunities to score, and being thwarted by Rovers’ goalkeeper Jack Bonham, the team kept going and continued to carve out chance after chance.
He said: “Something that we’ve been really strong on over the last few years is keeping clean sheets; if we’re still in the game with half an hour to go, we’ll always have chances and that’s what happened – we just didn’t take them.”