WHAT a difference a year makes.
The New Year’s Day atmosphere of a Home Park in celebratory mood after Argyle’s 3-0 Sky Bet League One drubbing of Oxford United could not have been more different than the sombre air which accompanied the pre-Christmas defeat by Accrington Stanley.
The win was sealed with a marvellous second-half goal from midfielder Ruben Lameiras after the Pilgrims had gone into half-time 2-0 up thanks to Antoni Sarcevic’s ninth-minute opener and Ruben’s sixth goal of the season.
“It was a very convincing win from us,” said manager Derek Adams. “We started the game very well and a great goal from Antoni Sarcevic – we took a quick free-kick, some good play and a terrific finish.
“Then Ruben gets two very good goals – well worked goals from his point of view. We probably could have scored more goals in the first period: a convincing win at home at the start of the new year.
“[The fans] have seen a lot of good football. They have seen a bit of showboating and a bit of individual skill. They have seen a bit of flair, pace, guile and three goals. That's what you want to see from a Plymouth Argyle team.
“They have got a lot of talented individuals in their team, and the talented individuals showed what they can do.
“The crowd really appreciated that. They got their money's worth, which is really good.”