We will be rewarded if we keep passing – Carl Fletcher
MANAGER Carl Fletcher is determined Plymouth Argyle will persevere with their passing style of play and believes they will get their rewards from doing so.
Fletcher pointed to the 3-2 away win against Morecambe on Saturday as an example of that.
The Pilgrims trailed 2-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining on the clock, but did not resort to hit-and-hope tactics and they staged a thrilling fightback.
Last season, Fletcher was only concerned about results, not the quality of the football played, as Argyle battled to escape relegation from League Two.
But this term there has been more emphasis put on passing the ball and trying to open up opposition defences that way, rather than by taking a 'long-ball' approach.
It has not always been successful for Argyle, as was the case when they drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers at Home Park last week, but the Pilgrims' boss will stick to the plan.
Fletcher told Herald Sport: "If you are going to have more possession of the ball the other team are generally going to be more tired.
"You might break them down in the 10th minute, the 40th minute or the 80th minute, but you have got to keep believing in it and trying to do the right things.
"We are trying to get in good areas, and once we get in those good areas we have got to make sure our end product is up to scratch.
"If you have got people in the box you have got to give them something to go on, and maybe we didn't do that well enough against Bristol Rovers.
"We are always trying to improve and I was really proud of the way the lads came back on Saturday. Hopefully, we can build on that win."
Argyle are sitting in 16th position in League Two, with nine points from eight games, after beating Morecambe.
Fletcher said: "I don't think our performances this season have always got the reward they warranted, but it is what it is.
"It's a long season and we will keep plugging away. We will have good games and bad games, and wins and defeats.
"If we keep believing in each other and what we are doing, and we stay together as a group like we did on Saturday, then we will have no problems."
Another aspect which pleased Fletcher from the victory over Morecambe were the energy levels of the players in the closing stages of the game.
He said: "It took us nearly eight-and-a-half hours to get up there on the coach on Friday and that's long by anyone's standards.
"You can moan and get the hump about it, but they get on with it and do what they need to do.
"You could see the energy levels on Saturday were exceptional and they were bright even though he had such a long journey up there."
MEMBERS of the Senior Greens will get the chance to meet two of Argyle's directors tomorrow.
Peter Jones and David Felwick will attend the monthly meeting of the Senior Greens, which will take place in the Green Taverners Suite at Home Park (2pm), not the Far Post Club as stated in Herald Sport yesterday.
THE PLYMOUTH Argyle Cornish Supporters' Association are staging a social evening at The Royal Talbot in Lostwithiel on Tuesday, October 16 (7.30pm).
All Argyle fans are welcome and there is free admission. Members of the Pilgrims' squad are expected to attend.