“No Excuses” – Plymouth Argyle Boss Makes “Tiredness” Admission Amid Poor Form

Plymouth Argyle are going through a sticky spell of results in the Championship but head coach Ian Foster believes his side should have “no excuses” in the race for survival.

The Pilgrims have suffered a blip in form in recent weeks, failing to win a single game across their five previous outings in all competitions, losing four times while also being dumped out of the FA Cup by Leeds United in a replayed game after extra time.

On Tuesday night, Foster’s side had the opportunity to get back to winning ways on their own turf as promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion came to town. Up until the hour mark, it looked as though Argyle could get a result against the Baggies.

However, a collapse in the final 30 minutes of the game allowed the visitors to run riot. Defender Cedric Kipre opened the scoring in the 61st minute before Mikey Johnston doubled West Brom’s lead a quarter of an hour later. Eventually, a third goal from Tom Fellows in stoppage time put the final nail in the home team’s coffin.

Following Queens Park Rangers’ form in February, Plymouth Argyle now sit merely five points above the relegation zone with difficult games against Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town still to come over the next two weeks, spelling danger for the Home Park club.

Nevertheless, head coach Foster believes his side should have no excuses, although the 47-year-old did admit that his players are suffering from “tiredness”, particularly after a recent run in the FA Cup [quotes via the BBC]:

“Whilst we enjoy FA Cup replays in front of full houses live on TV, it’s probably had a detrimental effect on us physically.

“There’s no excuses, we knew the run of games we were coming into, we’ve tried our best, we’re playing top-level opposition, we remained competitive in the game until they scored a goal and then we have disappointing moments in the game from there,” he continued.

“I put that down to the players’ tiredness and where they’re at just at this moment in time.”

Writer’s View

Perhaps Plymouth Argyle are suffering a little at the moment with tiredness but the Championship is a relentless division. Games come thick and fast and the intensity with which matches are played is merciless.

If the Pilgrims are to move away from that dreaded bottom three, the players will need to really dig in, or else Foster must find a way to rotate his squad to keep legs fresh ahead of a tough fixture list.


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