Danny Salman: Plymouth Argyle fans - are you not entertained?
I'VE heard lots of talk recently of Argyle having to play a certain way to get themselves out of trouble.
People are saying we've got to play blood and guts football because of our position in the league.
That position is a total myth and, in footballing terms, nonsense.
Isn't it more important to retain the ball and try to pull the opposition centre half out of position to try and create a chance?
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Playing blood and guts football is all very well – sometimes you need to do that.
But people get all excited when there's five or 10 minutes to go and the team's behind and the ball's just pumped into the box in the hope something will break.
Actually, if you look at the better teams, Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal, they'll keep the ball and try and create a chance.
They try to pass the ball with purpose – I don't mean passing the ball about, then lumping it into the opposition penalty area.
I've noticed recently that Argyle have been trying a lot of shots from distance.
Suppose they try 25-30 in a game and none of them go in. A stat, perhaps, where people can say look at the number of shots we had.
But is it a good stat? Far better to keep the ball and create situations where it's going to hurt the opposition.
Look at the York City game at Home Park over the weekend, which we won 2-0.
It wasn't a particularly good game, but we won, which I think must have brought a bit of relief to everyone in the team, especially as we've got two hard games coming up.
But if we're going to excite people so they decide to come back and watch another game, we've got to find some way to be successful and entertain them at the same time.
Football has changed a good deal over the years, because people have more choices over where they spend their money.
If they don't see winning and attractive football, they are not going to spend their money going to Argyle.
Of course, you always get the stalwarts, hard-core supporters, who will always go to Home Park.
But you're not aiming at them, you're looking for people who go to a match for the first time and will want to come back.
We aren't selling the seats at the ground and we're not reaching a break-even level in terms of crowd numbers.
That means our captain, Darren Purse, has to go because we're not making enough money.
That's why I can't agree with managers who say they don't care how the team play as long as they get results.
To get bums on seats, you've got to try and find a way of entertaining as well.