Plymouth Argyle had chances to win two or three games, insists Molesley
NEW RECRUIT Mark Molesley has predicted better times are around the corner for struggling Plymouth Argyle.
Molesley made his debut for the Pilgrims in the 1-0 defeat by Chesterfield at rain-drenched Home Park on Saturday.
The 31-year-old midfielder had been signed on loan from League One outfit Bournemouth only 48 hours earlier.
Molesley was put straight into the starting line-up by manager Carl Fletcher but could not prevent Argyle from losing 1-0.
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It was the Pilgrims' sixth defeat in their last seven League Two games and leaves them in 20th position.
Molesley thought the result was hard on Argyle, who had 16 attempts at goal and 13 corners but could not score.
"Sometimes things don't quite go for you, but it's up to us as players to make it happen," he told Herald Sport.
"I'm sure we will if we carry on applying ourselves like we did here. We were on the front foot, we pressurised them and we created lots of chances.
"If we carry on like that the tide will definitely turn for us."
Molesley's debut for Argyle was his first competitive match of the season after recently recovering from an Achilles injury.
He put in an industrious performance in the centre of midfield, alongside stand-in skipper Conor Hourihane.
Molesley said: "It has been a bit of a whirlwind. I met the boys for the first time on Friday and I was pleased to be starting a football match.
"I thought we dominated the game. I'm sure the stats won't lie. In the first half, I lost count of the amount of corners we had and the pressure we had on the goal.
"If one of those goes in, it changes the whole complexion of the game, but football can kick you in the teeth.
"If you don't get that goal, there is always the worry they (Chesterfield) can get down the other end and nick one, and that's what they did.
"Then they just dug in and made it difficult for us, and held on to their three points.
"It's disappointing, definitely. On the possession and the chances we created, I think we did enough to win two or three games."
Molesley had not played any first team football since a loan spell with Aldershot Town at the end of last season.
He played as a substitute when the Shots lost 1-0 to Argyle at Home Park in April.
The first Molesley knew about the Pilgrims' interest in him was when Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe told him last Thursday.
He said: "I haven't played much football this year and I was keen to get some minutes under my belt.
"Our manager (Howe) spoke to me on Thursday morning and said that Plymouth might be interested.
"I came here (to Home Park) with Aldershot at the end of last season and when I realised a club of Plymouth's stature were interested I jumped at the chance.
"I'm very delighted to be here and have the opportunity to play for such a big club."
Argyle manager Carl Fletcher started his career as a player at Bournemouth and Howe was one of his team-mates.
Molesley said: "Last Wednesday, Bournemouth didn't want me to go out on loan. They wanted to keep me around.
"But I think once he (Howe) spoke to the gaffer here he realised it was an opportunity for both clubs to, hopefully, get something out of it.
"I'm just looking to get back on that pitch. Football hasn't been too kind to me over the last few years.
"I have worked hard and I'm hoping that will pay off, first and foremost for Plymouth, and then see what happens at the end of it."
Molesley has signed for Argyle up to and including the away game against Accrington Stanley on December 22.
He is also eligible for play in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last-16 tie, at home to Oxford United on December 4.
Molesley was pleased he lasted the pace against Chesterfield after such a long break without any first-team football.
He said: "I have had a good month of training, and I had a reserve team game before I came here on Tuesday.
"I have lasted the 90 (minutes) today. I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling it at the end because I was a little bit.
"I enjoyed the game but I'm obviously gutted about the result," added Molesley, who was signed by Bournemouth from Grays Athletic in 2008, initially on loan.
Molesley admitted there had been a sombre mood in the dressing room after the game.
He said: "After you have dominated a game and come off losing, you are going to be disappointed.
"We will reflect on it and come back stronger for it."