THE message from Argyle manager Ryan Lowe after an impressive 1-0 victory at leaders Forest Green Rovers last weekend is to keep that form going for the next challenge.
Bradford City are also riding high in Sky Bet League Two and visit Home Park on Saturday, with the gaffer well aware that hard work will always be the foundation of any success for the Pilgrims.
Antoni Sarcevic scored the only goal from a training-ground routine at Forest Green and a clear example of how diligent practise and preparation can reap rewards.
“We will keep going, we’ve got a game in hand and we’ll work hard to get to where we need to be,” said Ryan. “If we keep picking up points and results like this, we’ll get there.
“We have got good players and Bradford again on Saturday. We’ll watch them in the FA Cup on Tuesday and then go again.
“The league is very tight and we’re pleased to beat a team at the top of the league. They [Forest Green] are a terrific team with a terrific manager and we’re pleased to get the result. We took the lead with a well-worked set-piece and that was pleasing. If you do the work, you can get it right.
“My players certainly do the work and my staff certainly do the work. When it pays off like that, it’s pleasing. It’s our work and, when you do that, you can get it right.”
There were a number of plus points at Forest Green and versatility was very high on that list, with Joe Edwards a fine example, shifting from his role in midfield to play at right wing-back for the first period and then left wing-back after the break, following an injury to Callum McFadzean.
When McFadzean’s replacement, Joe Riley, also had to be withdrawn after injury, striker Byron Moore displayed equally admirable adaptability by slipping in at right wing-back for the closing stages, as Argyle showed the togetherness required to get positive results.
“As a manager, you know where your players can play and Joe Edwards was terrific,” said Ryan. “Joe Edwards was jumping up for headers, played right wing-back and left wing-back.
“We knew we’d get that from Joe when we signed him and Josh [Grant] has done terrific in there again [holding midfielder], screening and playing. We know every individual and the game-management also comes into it from a coaching side. Byron has played right wing-back before and Joe has played left and right.”