Former Plymouth Argyle star Danis Salman's hard-hitting football column
ARGYLE ought to go into Saturday's home League Two match against Bristol Rovers brimful with confidence and looking to fill their boots after the midweek win away to Cheltenham Town.
I'm sure the players will be in a positive frame of mind after Tuesday night's Johnstone Paint Trophy, where they scored three goals from open play and then won a penalty shoot-out.
If the players don't fancy their chances of showing their own fans what they're made of after that, then it could be another bumpy ride for all concerned – players, coaches and supporters this season.
This is a month when the Pilgrims can lay down a marker and live up to their goal of making Home Park a fortress.
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They have three home games and just the one away and at the end of September. I'd be very disappointed if they haven't won at least two of their home games and hopefully all three.
After recent performances, I'm not laying odds on Argyle achieving any of the above as they have been woefully inconsistent, particularly in the second half of games, so making any predictions on how they'll do is in the lap of the gods at the moment.
They should be taking on teams at home and saying to them, 'Listen, this is our patch and we dictate terms, not you'.
I know that's easier said than done and in some ways I agree, but as a former player I'd be gagging for Saturday to come with the thrill of umpteen thousand home fans behind me, rather than a few hundred at an away ground.
A few people, with the best intention at heart, have accused me of being negative and claiming I ought to be more positive about Argyle.
Well, as I've said before, I can only speak as I find and so far there's not been a lot of evidence that manager John Sheridan has got a team that is capable of being consistent.
Not that Argyle are alone in that, as it seems already and forgive the cliché – that every team from top to bottom is capable of beating another in League Two.
Well, we're not concerned with every other team are we?
It's Argyle's fortunes that we are hoping will improve, but they won't until they start playing well for at least 70-75 minutes in a game.
At the minute, you're unsure of how they'll start games and definitely worried that in the second half they'll be under the cosh.
If you recall, Gillingham went up last season to League One and deservedly so, as they were able to grind out results even when they weren't playing well.
That's consistency allied with confidence, but if as Sheridan has suggested in The Herald he wants Argyle to go up this season, then somehow he has to instil self-belief into the players.
Let's end on a positive not and credit where it's due, reaching the second stage of the JPT is a step in the right direction.
Fingers-crossed, with back-to-back home games coming up against Bristol Rovers and Wycombe, with a trip to Scunthorpe before the final home game of the month against Accrington, we'll all have a clearer idea and a renewed sense of optimism.