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Fletcher maintains faith in changing Pilgrims' fortunes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

Carl Fletcher insists that he is still the right man to lead Plymouth Argyle picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

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Manager Carl Fletcher is confident he can turn around the fortunes of Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims have picked up only one point out of a possible 18 since beating Rochdale 3-1 at Home Park on October 20.

They have dropped to 19th position in League Two, but Fletcher insists their performances have been better than the results would suggest.

Argyle are two points clear of the relegation zone as they prepare to play 12th-placed Chesterfield at Home Park tomorrow (3pm).

Fletcher has asked the Green Army to "get behind" the players as they seek a return to winning ways.

Some fans want to see Fletcher replaced as manager after the recent run of poor results but the 32-year-old said: "This isn't pressure.

"You have got people going off to war, and people with illnesses. That's pressure. This isn't pressure, it's a game of football."

Asked whether he was confident he could turn around Argyle's fortunes, Fletcher replied: "Yes, otherwise I wouldn't be here.

"Whatever you do in life, do you give up the first time it gets a little bit difficult?

"There is no point me saying we are going to work harder now because that suggests we weren't working hard before.

"We will be working hard, as we always do, to try to get good results and good performances."

Argyle came close to victory when they drew 2-2 against table-topping Gillingham in their last game at Home Park on November 10.

It took an 89th minute equaliser from former Pilgrims' defender Adam Barrett to rescue a point for the visitors.

Since then, Argyle have lost to Fleetwood Town (3-0) and Bradford City (1-0) in back-to-back away games.

Fletcher said: "The performances have been decent lately. We just maybe haven't got the rewards we deserved."

Four of Argyle's last six league games have been away from home, and all have been against teams challenging towards the top end of the table.

Fletcher said: "We have had a tough run recently and we have held our own in pretty much all of the games."

The Pilgrims' boss believes the Green Army have an important part to play against Chesterfield, who have won their last two league games.

He said: "I would ask the fans to get behind the lads. That's the main thing. The lads go out there to work hard and try to do the right things and get good results."

Meanwhile, it will be reunion time for Argyle midfielder Jamie Lowry when Chesterfield visit tomorrow.

Lowry spent nine years with Chesterfield, from the age of 16, until leaving the Derbyshire club in the summer and he is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

He said: "I was there a long time and I still have a lot of good friends at the club. I speak to them quite regularly.

"With what has been going on up there, they have kept me in the know. I have a lot of good laughs with them."

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