Edwards' Peterborough Reaction
After Argyle’s disappointing 5-2 defeat at Peterborough United on Saturday, captain Joe Edwards had a message for the Green Army: thank you for backing us.
The 1,511 in the away end at the Weston Homes Stadium cannot have been a happy bunch after Argyle’s loss, however, they chanted manager Steven Schumacher’s name and applauded the dejected Argyle players in the aftermath of the game, which did not go unnoticed by the skipper and the lads.
Argyle will have an opportunity to react to the defeat at Home Park next Saturday and Tuesday, against Charlton Athletic and Derby County respectively. The Theatre of Greens has seen Argyle produce blistering home form this campaign, with numerous sold-out attendances reflecting this.
Joe said: “We accept the plaudits when we do well, but we know when we haven't performed that criticism can come our way; we fully accept that. Our fans, they're always with us: win, lose or draw.
“They can be disappointed. Absolutely. So are we, but we know they'll back us. They’ve clapped us at the end and they're going to be a massive, massive factor in us achieving what we want to achieve this year. At home, we've been brilliant, and that's down to them.
“Good teams, successful teams don't often lose two in a row, so we need to keep that run going.
“We're at home. It's a great game for us. We know our home form's fantastic and we need to get that place bouncing and ready for another tough fixture.
“It’s a big game Saturday and we'll love to see there them all again.”
Edwards was a second-half substitute at Peterborough, in a game that Argyle trailed by two goals after just 19 minutes. The Greens showed sprit, making it 2-1 through Saxon Earley, and after Posh restored their two-goal advantage, Macaulay Gillesphey scored to half the deficit once again.
Even after the hosts made it 4-2, Argyle’s litany of chances meant they still looked in the game, but in the end clinical Peterborough ran out 5-2 victors.
“We’re really disappointed,” said Joe. “We know we just weren't up to the standards that we've set this season. I think that's the most frustrating thing. On our day we can compete with any team in this league and at this level, but if you don't perform then you get punished.
“We've got a great bunch of lads who always work hard, give 100%. The gaffer knows he'll always have that.
“We were sloppy in possession, which teams that we've been playing against thrive upon and they punished us today.
“We know we're in the thick of it now. We know we need to perform, and we have to keep standards as high as we've set so far.
“There’s no crisis. We never get too high or too low; we've got a good balance amongst the team. We've got a full week now to really focus and plan for the next game.”