When Plymouth went to Notts County on Saturday, there was a general sense that a positive result would come out for Peter Reid’s side.
The Magpies had been on a run of two losses before the game at Meadow Lane and with Argyle’s away form one of the only highlights so far this season, confidence was relatively high. But it was not to be.
And what made it worse was the way The Pilgrims gave up their decent record. The team hardly created an opening throughout the whole of the 90 minutes and the defence was opened up far too easily and County made them pay.
It could be blamed on the drastic changes that Reid had to make due to injuries. The loss of Reda Johnson meant Kari Arnason had to be moved back into the centre of defence, having formed a fantastic midfield partnership with Carl Fletcher.
This could have upset the balance of the team as Chris Clark had to fill in at centre midfield and with only one striker up front, it was clear that Plymouth were going to lack spark in the final third, especially with the creativity resting on young loanee Dean Parrett’s shoulders.
So is this dip in good results a cause for concern? Well according to manager Reid it is: “You have got to be realistic about it, we are in a battle. When you are down the bottom of the league it's always hard.”
This frank assessment of Plymouth’s current situation with not even half the season gone yet is a bit worrying.
Yes, it is true we are currently in a bad position, but being 19th and just outside the relegation zone doesn’t show the whole truth of this league. If we were to win the next two games in a row then we would be right outside the promotion places in one big jump.
And that’s how close League One is and how easy it can change. So come on Reidy it’s not all doom and gloom, we haven’t even played Exeter yet!
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.