Pilgrims must turn cup disappointments into league positives

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Well I think it’s safe to say Tuesday night didn’t go as planned as many thought it would. In fact, the previous week has not turned out the way any of the Green Army would have liked.

Having beaten Bristol Rovers at Home Park with such composure and finesse, expectations were high that this was to be the time that Plymouth would push on and get a series of wins under their belts.

Yet two games and two cup competitions later and all the optimism has disappeared. Swindon Town and Exeter City are teams that Argyle is quite capable of beating.

The Pilgrims have already overcome the Robins this season and though Exeter have developed as a football club since the last time the two clubs faced each other back in 2002, Plymouth do have more quality and should be winning against the Grecians.

As Reid said after the Johnstone Paint Trophy Quarter-Final: “A cup run puts money in the coffers and it's good for confidence, but it's not to be. We have just got to do it in the league now.”

The manager is right. With no FA Cup and Johnstone Paint Trophy getting in the way, the Pilgrims can push on in League One. Currently in 15th, and with the half-way point of the season coming up, now is the time for Plymouth to make waves and really begin to push on for a promotion place.

This isn’t going to be easy. Peter Reid still needs to get the lack of discipline and the defensive frailties with set pieces out of the team. And it has to start away to Tranmere Rovers.

Tranmere are presently in the relegation area in 21st place, and lost their last league game 2-0 away to Carlisle United. But there home form is better so the team will have to give it 100% at Prenton Park if they are to get the three points.

Another win would mean the first time Plymouth had won two games in a row in the league since late December 2009, when they beat Cardiff away and Reading at Home Park.

If Argyle can do the same now, then playing such teams again won’t be too far from just wishful thinking.

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