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'With our performances, we should not be anywhere near where we are'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

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Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher has admitted that his side are facing another fight against relegation as they enter 2013.

The 20th-placed Pilgrims have won only five of their 25 games in npower League Two this season. The 1-0 defeat by Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park on Saturday was their 11th of the campaign.

It leaves them five points clear of the relegation zone, but Argyle have played a couple more matches than the bottom two, Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon.

The Pilgrims narrowly dropping out of the Football League last term and now another struggle for survival is on the cards. Asked whether Argyle were in a relegation battle, Fletcher replied: "Yes, definitely, as it stands.

"With our performances, we should not be anywhere near where we are, but you have to deal with the situation that is thrown at you. It's disappointing not to get the result [on Saturday] because we have been on a good run. We will just get on with it."

Wycombe's winning goal came from striker Matt McClure in the 11th minute. Fletcher said: "I think we dominated 90 per cent of the game. Wycombe had one chance and scored. "Apart from in the final third, we were really good.

"The work-rate of the lads was great. We just didn't put the ball in the back of the net. That was the only difference in the whole game.

"We dominated pretty much from start to finish and just couldn't get that goal. We just lacked a bit of quality in the final third. In the first half, I think we could have been 3-0 up in about eight minutes.

"Even after their goal, we had enough possession and chances to get back in the game but we didn't get the goal the rest of the play deserved."

The frustration among the fans spilled over when 17-year-old Tyler Harvey was substituted in the 56th minute by Warren Feeney. Chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' were aimed at Fletcher when Feeney replaced Harvey.

Fletcher said: "Tyler came off because he was injured. He felt his calf. We needed to freshen it up as well. That's what you do. If you're not producing something in the game, you look to try to change it to get back into it."

The Pilgrims will have their fourth and final game of the festive period when they take on 23rd-placed Bristol Rovers on New Year's Day at 1pm – weather permitting. Rovers, however, will be playing for only the second time because a couple of their matches have been postponed.

Fletcher said: "Rest is important. There's not a lot of work you can do in a short space of time. We are travelling up on Monday evening to be ready for the one o'clock kick-off at Bristol Rovers.

"We have had two more games than them. I think we have got a few bumps and scrapes and Baz [Onismor Bhasera] came off because he had blurred vision from a bang on the head, so we will have to wait and see. But, if we need to change it around, we've got good players who can come in and produce something."

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