Five years after suffering relegation from League One, Plymouth Argyle are on the cusp of returning to the third tier of English football.
Derek Adams’ men are currently fighting with Oxford United, Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers for the final two automatic promotion places.
With Northampton Town streaking towards the League Two title having recently beaten Newport, Plymouth will have to keep their wits about them to stay in the top three.
Since losing three fixtures at the start of March, Adams’ side have responded well and now occupy the third and final promotion spot. As long as Argyle continue to score goals, their resilient defensive displays will stand them in good stead to maintain their place near the top of the table.
There are still nine games to go and, with a bit of luck, the Pilgrims will hold on and defy their promotion rivals in the bid to secure promotion.
Prior to Plymouth’s recent fixture with York City, Oddschecker tips offered their thoughts on Argyle’s chances and, as predicted, the Pilgrims went on to win that match. It was a victory that kept their faint title aspirations alive. And while the League Two crown may be a little beyond their reach, Argyle will fancy their chances of securing automatic promotion, as revealed by loan signing Jordan Hughton, especially if they can tighten up defensively and regain their form at the back.
As of March 29th, Plymouth had the joint-second best defensive record in League Two and that has been a key reason for their success so far this campaign.
Argyle have slipped up against some of the division’s “lesser” sides in recent months and Adams will be hoping his side can respond and get their promotion hopes back on track – especially now Jamille Matt and Reuben Reid have found their feet in front of goal.
The Pilgrims are one of the most reliable and organised sides in League Two and these are two traits that should see them hold off their main opposition for promotion.
And while they have struggled at various times throughout the campaign, Plymouth are still holding their own near the top of the table.
Northampton are already beginning to prepare for life in England’s third tier and it is time for Adams’ side to start doing the same, especially as they are looking much stronger than many of their promotion rivals.