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Fletcher is determined to keep passing with purpose

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher is sticking to his principles picture: Dave Rowntree

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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 npower League Two away win against Morecambe last 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 on 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 said: "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 tenth minute, the 40th minute or the 80th minute, but you've got to keep believing in it and trying to do the right things.

"We're trying to get in good areas, and, once we get in those good areas, we've got to make sure our end product is up to scratch. If you've got people in the box, you've got to give them something to go on, and maybe we didn't do that well enough against Bristol Rovers.

"We're 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're doing, and we stay together as a group like we did on Saturday, then we will have no problems."

Another aspect which pleased Fletcher in 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 they 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).

Argyle's Cornish Supporters' Association are staging a social evening at Lostwithiel's Royal Talbot Hotel on Tuesday, October 16 (7.30pm). All fans are welcome, admission is free. Members of the club's squad are expected to attend.

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