Danny Salman: Plymouth Argyle have got to move on
I APPRECIATE the club's had a difficult time with going into adminstration – and coming out of it.
People still say to me that they're glad they've still got a club.
But that was then and this is now. We've got to move on from a difficult time in the club's history.
You can't keep trotting out the same old excuse and I, for one, don't believe in sitting around and feeling sorry for myself.
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When you talk about a football club, you are talking about a business, a product.
The fans have been magnificent about turning up every week and supporting the club when times were tough. They are still turning up a large numbers. The number of fans you get at Home Park would be envied by any club in League Two.
But as I say, those difficult times are now over – we're not in administration any more and we need to move forward.
Look at Port Vale – they are in administration and they're second in the table.
The trouble is that if the product's not good, then the supporters eventually won't turn up, it's as simple as that.
That brings me to another issue, that of the team's consistency at home.
People often ask me why the team plays so well in the first half, then are so poor in the second. It's the same team, isn't it?
The last two games at Home Park have resulted in a defeat (against Port Vale) and a draw (against struggling Bristol Rovers.)
But looking at the situation in a positive sense, they got a fine result away at Morecambe last Saturday (a 3-2 win).
It seems to me that we are returning to the scenario we had a couple of years ago, where our home form wasn't so good, but we were nicking some good results and showing our best form away from home.
At Home Park, the team seems to have a good 20 minutes, then they are poor.
People ask me why the team can play so well at times, and so badly at others.
I believe it's been over the last four years that we've struggled to win football matches.
I don't know what the reason is, personally. Maybe it's a lack of concentration, or maybe it's nervousness, or perhaps it's because new players aren't yet gelled with the rest of the team.
Whatever, we've got to concentrate on what's going wrong at home if we want to have a successful season.
If you look at the successful teams, they can still get a result if even if they aren't playing well.
We've got a good squad at the moment, even if we do have a few injuries and we've got to somehow find some consistency to put together a run of three or four games where we're not beaten.
We certainly can't afford to lose too many games at home – and consistency is sometimes the difference between a successful season and a mediocre one.
People say it's difficult to win at home sometimes because teams come to defend.
I don't agree with that, as a matter of fact, because quite often teams come and attack us.
I'm sure (Argyle manager) Carl Fletcher is aware of all of this and is doing something to sort it out.
Supporters are still turning up for games, but sooner or later, people are going to start asking questions and not turning up if things don't improve.
And if you're not careful and you don't have a successful product on the field, sponsors won't want to come in and support the team.
You can talk about rebuilding the main stand and have the best facilities in the world.
But that will mean nothing if you haven't got the success on the field to match it.