Position of Strength

WE are now 28 matches in to the 2019-20 campaign and sitting fourth in Sky Bet League Two places Argyle in a strong position for the remaining matches of the season.

The Pilgrims are currently enjoying a run of five games unbeaten and the next priority will be extending that sequence to six when Newport County visit Home Park on Saturday.

Manager Ryan Lowe believes his squad have got what it takes to carry this good run forward and is confident that the Pilgrim style of play is one that will continue to push Argyle in their promotion chase.

“Obviously, things are going well,” he said. “We are 28 games in, we’ve got 18 left, another couple of big games coming up and we’re excited.

“They all pose different threats, in the teams we are coming up against, but we’ve been going ever so well, and we have just got to make sure we continue it.

“[The style of play] has got us 51 points so far and we’ll continue to do that, that’s the brand of football.

“I know there have been one or two individual errors in and around that, but we get better each day and each game we play, so we’ll continue that brand, continue that philosophy, and we will continue to outperform teams with our passing and with our goals.

“It is something to believe in, and we will continue to do it. We aren’t changing.”

The Newport challenge comes just a few days after the 2-2 draw with Crawley Town, when the Greens recovered from going a goal down to lead 2-1, but were denied victory by an injury-time leveller from the visitors.

“We’ve got to move on now, we’ve taken 13 points out of the possible, 15 so I’m very pleased,” said Ryan.

“I was a bit disappointed we couldn’t take 15 but that’s because we want to be the best and we want to be perfectionists. Whether that will come will remain to be seen, we’re hoping to get there in the end, but, as I’ve said, it’s just the next game now, we move on to Newport.

“There are 18 big games to play for. When we get to the last 10, hopefully we see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and we will push on from there.

“I’m not concerned about the position we are in at the moment. If anything, we are probably in a position where you think ‘fair play’ because there are teams and clubs out there that have got big budgets and we are nowhere near those budgets, believe me.

“There are teams under-performing, and teams over-performing, I feel we are in a good spot and we will continue to stay in there.

“We can’t look at the top teams at the moment in terms of when they’re losing games because there are going to be times when teams lose and that’s just the way football is, but we need to make sure that we solely focus on us and that’s important.”