ARGYLE manager Ryan Lowe cannot fault his side’s attitude during their pre-season programme and is looking forward to taking charge of the Greens for the first time on Tuesday night, when we visit Paul Wotton’s Truro City.
The Pilgrims travel to Treyew Road for a 7.30pm kick-off against the Cornish outfit, who were relegated from the National League South last season and recently appointed Argyle legend Wotton as their new boss for the forthcoming Southern League campaign.
“The lads are showing real gutsy determination to get through some of the running sessions,” said Ryan. “I’m pleased with how they are and the fitness they are in.
“They have been different class. One scenario is that they were only supposed to do six runs at one point, and they wanted to do an extra two. We always give them a carrot that if you put it in, we’ll limit the runs; we asked if they were alright to do two more and they said ‘yeah’.”
The willingness to do more than what was asked of them was particularly pleasing for the manager, who wants his players to show a healthy appetite for hard work.
“For me, that’s massive as a manager – to see your players wanting to do more, he said. “They have been excellent. We will continue the fitness, the short, sharp stuff and we’ll work into the long-distance stuff, so we’ve had a good mixture. We will start doing a bit more over the next week.
“We are not into the bigger stuff yet. All the sharp stuff, and the long-distance stuff is done now, so it will be mostly all ball-work [going forward] but I’m really pleased with how the lads have applied themselves.”
He will expect that same application at Truro on Tuesday, but, at this stage of the season, not much more.
He said: “The games are just there to get minutes and volume in your legs because that’s what is needed. We are excited to get a game in.”