This Saturday, the Pilgrims face a tough away fixture at 15th placed Rochdale; but the brightside is that Argyle’s fate is in their own hands, a win will secure Football League survival for another year!
Argyle have had a mixed run up to the final game of the season, three wins and three losses in the past six games, one of those wins was a hard fought 1 – 0 victory over Devon rivals Exeter City, which put a huge smile on the faces of the embattled Plymouth Argyle supporters. Then a 2 – 0 victory over promotion chasing Cheltenham Town and a 2 – 1 away win at another top third club Chesterfield, three massive results for the Pilgrims, putting Argyle’s destiny in their own hands!
I’m so thankful that owner James Brent saw the light before it was too late, sacking Carl Fletcher, who really did nothing wrong, just lacked experience in management and bringing in experienced manager John Sheridan on a short term contract until the end of the season. I think that if Brent kept the faith and Fletcher was still in charge, Argyle would be already relegated, which of course is speculation on my part, but given results prior to his departure, it didn’t look hopeful!
So it comes down to this; a win secures survival, a draw will most likely secure survival unless Wimbledon can score 16 goals in their final fixture of the season. A loss could put the Pilgrims out of League Football if Wimbledon beat mid table Fleetwood Town; c’mon Fleetwood, draw or win please!
Obviously as a life long Argyle fan, I want my home town team to end the season on a high with a win, but I’ll take survival any way we can get it, win, lose or draw. I’d also like to see James Brent secure John Sheridan’s services for at least three years, I firmly believe Sheridan is the man to push the club forward and back up the leagues. I firmly believe the Championship is a reasonable aspiration with the right players, players who are proud to wear the Argyle emblem on their chest and work hard and a manager with great experience like Sheridan, I like his no nonsense style!