Chris Errington: Slow progress in 2012 is cause for real concern
THE END of a year is always a time for reflection so this is an opportunity for me to assess Argyle's progress – or lack of it – in 2012.
I did not expect the Pilgrims to challenge for a play-off position in League Two this season but, equally, I did not believe they would be sucked into another relegation scrap.
However, as we move from 2012 to 2013 we find Argyle occupying 20th position in the table.
That has to be a cause for concern, even though there are still four more months remaining of this season for all those who follow the Pilgrims.
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Their 1-0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park on Saturday was their 48th league game of 2012.
During those 12 months, Argyle have picked up 52 points with a record of 11 wins, 19 draws and 18 defeats.
It is an improvement on their record of 2011, but not by very much.
The Pilgrims won 12, drew eight and lost 29 of their 49 league games in 2011, reaping a return of 44 points.
However, it has to be noted that Argyle spent seven months of 2011 in administration and had to sell their best players, such as Craig Noone and Bradley Wright-Phillips.
They have not had such distractions to contend with in 2012 but have simply have not been able to turn some decent displays into more victories.
After 25 league games this season, Argyle's record is five wins, nine draws and 11 defeats for 24 points.
They reached the same number of matches last term following a 3-2 defeat at Crewe Alexandra on January 7, 2012.
At that stage, the Pilgrims were bottom of the table with only 18 points.
Their record was four wins, six draws and 15 defeats, but that came after losing eight of their first nine fixtures.
So, whichever way you look at it, Argyle's progress in 2012 has been minimal, and from a low starting point.
Goalscoring continues to be a problem for the Pilgrims, as was evidenced against Wycombe, who were outplayed on Saturday but still picked up maximum points.
Keeping clean sheets also seems to be beyond Argyle, with only three all season.
Last season, the Pilgrims scrapped their way to League Two survival by playing a solid defensive game.
Argyle were dour but hard to beat and opposing teams found it difficult to score against them.
Will they, or can they, revert to that style, or will manager Carl Fletcher stick to the passing principles he has preached all season?
We will see in the coming weeks and months.
I will finish the final 'View From The Press Box' of 2012 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.