Chris Errington's Plymouth Argyle Press Box View
ARGYLE clinched only their fifth win in 18 home League Two games this season when they beat relegation rivals Barnet on Saturday.
The fact that victories have been few and far between in front of their own fans has largely contributed to their current plight.
Not only did Argyle get an important win against Barnet, they also scored for the first time in four home matches.
They will hope to use that as a springboard to more success between now and the end of the season.
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The Pilgrims have five more games at Home Park this season and their success, or otherwise, in them will play a major part in whether they escape a disastrous relegation.
All of these matches, though, are against teams in the top half of the League Two table.
The next side to visit Home Park will be beaten League Cup finalists Bradford City on Tuesday, March 12.
Bradford are in 12th position after a 2-0 win at York City on Saturday.
Their outstanding success in the League Cup has probably cost them a shot at promotion, although they still harbour hopes of securing a play-off spot.
Fleetwood Town, currently ninth, will then make the trip to Home Park four days later.
They have been hit and miss in their first season in the Football League, but their big budget squad (by League Two terms, anyway) is a talented one.
Two weeks after playing Fleetwood, Argyle will host arch Devon rivals Exeter City on Saturday, March 30.
There is sure to be a bumper attendance for that match, with both teams desperate for points for very different reasons.
While Argyle are fighting to stay in the division, Exeter want to get promotion out of it.
They are fourth in the table after an impressive 3-0 home defeat of promotion rivals Northampton Town on Saturday.
Exeter boast an excellent away record, with 11 wins and two draws from 17 games, so will not be fearful of playing at Home Park.
Cheltenham Town, who are currently in sixth position, will be Argyle's visitors the following Saturday.
Then, in the penultimate match of the season, the Pilgrims will play their last home game against Rotherham United.
Rotherham are seventh in the table after a 1-1 draw away to Paul Sturrock's Southend United on Saturday.
They were widely tipped for the League Two title before a ball was kicked and have under-achieved this season.
On their day, though, the Millers are formidable opponents with plenty of experience.
So, none of the remaining five home fixtures for Argyle can be considered as easy by any stretch of the imagination.
The key for the Pilgrims will be to try to impose their game on their opponents, as they did against Barnet.
One familiar face missing from Home Park on Saturday was Joan Phillips.
Joan, who until recently was a regular in the Grandstand, passed away at the age of 83 last week.
Her husband, Peter, was also an Argyle fanatic and died a few years ago. He and Joan took Argyle record appearance holder Kevin Hodges under their wing when he first signed for the club as a youngster from Dorset.
Joan always had a cheery smile whenever I saw her, and especially when she celebrated an Argyle win with a gin and tonic. She will be sadly missed by a lot of people with Argyle connections.