Fletcher Faces Test To Keep Argyle Form
The Pilgrims had crashed to a dismal 2-1 home defeat by AFC Wimbledon and were only 3 points clear of the relegation zone in 19th place. The pressure was clearly growing on Carl Fletcher as many fans opted to boo the side off at half time.
Fast-forward a week and the pressure on Fletcher’s shoulders will weigh considerably less – for the time being anyway – after achieving back to back wins for the first time in his tenure.
Progression to the area quarter final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy and an emphatic 4-1 victory at rock bottom at Barnet have bought a bit of the feel good factor back to Home Park, which is exactly what is needed when you look at our upcoming fixtures.
Take our next six fixtures, which are just a handful in a tough calendar until virtually New Year. Home games against Rochdale, Burton Albion and Gillingham would be daunting enough as it is, but they are sandwiched between away games at Cheltenham, Rotherham and Fleetwood. What Carl Fletcher could do with is building on the two game winning streak we are on, but getting a victory in any one of those matches will be a real challenge in itself.
Our away form so far this campaign has actually been relativly impressive, with only one loss on our travels to date. Our home from though, has been borderline dreadful. Losing half of our home league fixtures and winning only one is simply not good enough and will need to be addressed sooner or later as we have some of the toughest away games in the league coming up.
If Fletcher wants to get more of the Argyle faithful back on side, it is simple what he has to do – make sure we win on Saturday. It won’t be easy against Rochdale, who have won four times away from home this season already, but if we can take our form from the last two games into the match then I believe we can get the three points.
Our current position of 18th does little to surprise me, despite noises made in pre-season from the chairman this season always seemed to be about stability and mid-table. However for many fans this is not good enough, they expect promotion this season. A victory this weekend could see us go within a couple of points of the play-offs, which is bound to silence some of the boo boys for a few games. The next few weeks are going to be far from easy for Carl Fletcher.
A loss on Saturday could be disastrous, I don’t fancy our chances at Cheltenham and Rotherham off the back of a home defeat to Rochdale. However on the other hand, an illusive home victory could go on to shape our season, if we pick up some points against the better sides in this division those wild claims of promotion might actually seem a bit more believable.
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