Following Saturday's 1-1 draw away to Rochdale it is clear that Plymouth Argyle as a team is beginning to transform.
New manager Peter Reid’s ethics on football are finally beginning to stick in the player’s minds, as the vast majority of the weekend's encounter was controlled by the Pilgrims.
We were a team on a mission, constantly threatening the Rochdale goal, left, right and centre. This season’s sensation Craig Noone was always lively weaving the defence inside and out, creating crosses, getting shots in and generally causing havoc.
A man who had a lot of problems last season and had it not been for his injury could have been the difference on whether we stayed in the Championship or not, but is clearly making up for lost time, is Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Another game, another goal for the striker, the man currently answering the question of ‘who’s going to score the goals for Argyle this season?’
His goal, a typical poacher’s goal as BWP reacted first to Reda Johnson’s low crosses following mayhem from Kari Arnason’s long throw, was just what the travelling 436 supporters wanted to see.
The forward was also unlucky not to get a second on three occasions the closest being a magnificent low cross that only just escaped Wright-Phillips’ right foot.
On the whole it was a fantastic effort from Plymouth who were very unlucky not to come away with three points instead of one. However the consistency is beginning to creep in, with a win, a loss and a draw in the last three games, showing we are starting to move over the hill in some way.
But this has to continue on a constant basis if we are to make head-way in this league. And a player who agrees with this view is Steve MacLean. “You could say that it’s a decent point, coming here, because [Rochdale] are on form, but we’re also disappointed," he said.
“It’s a good result if we can go to Swindon on Tuesday and get three points there. If we can get six points from our next two games, we’ll look on this as a good result.”
And that is what the team has to do. We need to push on because it’s clear from the league table with the pace setters in Brighton and Peterborough that if we don’t, it’s going to be another long season for Argyle.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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