Gillesphey's Forest Green Preview
Argyle defender Macaulay Gillepshey is heading into this Saturday’s game, at home to Forest Green Rovers, with confidence.
The left-sided defender, who has been in superb form since returning from injury a few months ago, views Argyle’s position – second in Sky Bet League One, two points ahead of the nearest competitor – as a strong one, and with ten games remaining, says the focus is on winning as many games as possible.
With more than three quarters of the season completed, it would be easy to start eyeing up the finishing line, but Gillesphey says that the squad are trying not to do so, and are calling on their experience of how the season has panned out to this point to derive confidence for the run-in.
“Personally, I think we're in a great position,” he said. “We’re second in the league, still ahead on points.
“I think it's just 10 big games to go. We need to just win as many as we can, but I think we've got focus on Saturday first and get a win there. We've just got to focus on one game at a time.
“We have to keep doing what we've been doing all season; try to win as many games as we can and just stick to the plan. Everyone's in the same mindset, really: just concentrating on one game at a time and trying not to make a big thing of it just yet.”
Argyle lost 3-0 at Barnsley last weekend, which was just the sixth defeat for the Pilgrims in 36 league games this season. In the games immediately following the other five, Argyle have generated 13 points from a possible 15, so the squad know that they are capable of putting a negative behind them and responding in the perfect fashion.
“We go into every game looking for a win. We'll try to do that,” said Macaulay.
“I think we've got a good, honest group of lads. Everyone knows that the last game wasn't good enough, all over the park, but we'll look to fix that on Saturday.
“I think sometimes [the end-of-season expectations] are good because it gives you a bit of confidence and you do realise how well the team's done this season. At the same time, it's good to just try to block it out and just crack on with what we're doing.
“Every game's good at Home Park. It’s a fortress and we always buzz off playing at home. In the next few months, the weather's going to be getting better, the fans will be buzzing. It’s good, I can’t wait.”