Plymouth Argyle host Oldham this weekend in a game that’s surely been earmarked by boss Ryan Lowe as one he can pick up a win in.
The Pilgrims have started solidly in League Two, winning three of their opening six fixtures. That’s seen them climb to sixth in the table, four points behind early leaders Exeter City.
Exeter are their local rivals and any meetings between the two are bound to be exciting without the added pressure of promotion places being at stake, something for fans of both sides to look forward to with relish.
This weekend it’s ailing Oldham, third from bottom in the division and finding life hard under former Monaco boss Laurent Banide. It’s a great chance to get points on the board for Lowe, but he’ll be mindful of a couple of lessons he’s learnt about his squad from their early season matches.
Can’t take your eye off the ball
The gap between the Pilgrims and their local rivals might only have been one point, had Plymouth won at Northampton this weekend.
The Cobblers were on four points and seemingly there for the taking, but a below-par Plymouth were easily beaten. Some players started pumping the ball long to Ryan Taylor, something against the ethos of manager Lowe.
They’ve got to stick to their gameplan if they’re going to be a success.
Bury isn’t the only blueprint to success
Despite signing several players from his successful Bury side, only two started this weekend against Northampton.
Callum MacFadzean and Danny Mayor were the two who remained from his former squad, with many observers thinking more would feature.
He did use several players from Derek Adams spell at the club, proving that the only way isn’t the Bury way.
They still need a goalscorer
They’ve scored ten goals already this season, but their leading scorer has two; Ryan Taylor tied with Antoni Sarcevic and Callum MacFadzean.
Last season, Nicky Maynard arrived as a free agent and added the final dimension to his Bury side. there’s a feeling perhaps Plymouth are still looking for that figurehead.