Danny Salman: Plymouth Argyle need to minimise mistakes
ARGYLE face a tough ask to finish off what has been a positive month at fancied Rotherham United on Saturday.
They have played a lot of matches in October. Rotherham will be their seventh league match before the cup tie at Dorchester on Saturday-week.
This weekend Carl Fletcher's team have shown of late that they more than capable of returning to Plymouth with the right result.
Rotherham are rated as one of the favourites to go up at the end of the season.
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But, as we have seen in League Two already this year, it's difficult to predict the outcome of games. From top to bottom, every team is capable of beating anyone.
What has impressed me about Argyle's good run of form in October is that they are showing a consistency and confidence.
Argyle are playing attractive football, keeping possession of the ball, creating chances and showing ambition to get at the opposition.
Last Saturday, Rochdale came to Home Park on a good run and left with a 3-1 defeat.
After Argyle had previously beaten a poor Barnet team 4-1 the previous Saturday, I saw Rochdale as a big test for Fletcher and his players.
But Argyle passed it, playing good football, particularly in the first half, which pleased the Green Army and those of us in the Press Box.
After reading reports of Tuesday night's game away to another side tipped to do well – Cheltenham – it would appear Argyle adopted the same positive approach.
They were unlucky not to have got something from the match at Whaddon Road, losing 2-1 to a sloppy defensive goal in the last 12 minutes.
I'm sure Carl will take the positives from the defeat and urge his team to adopt the same confident attitude in South Yorkshire on Saturday.
Tuesday night showed, though, the importance of keeping your wits about you, particularly in defence.
It never fails to amaze me just how many goals come from a single or collective lapse in concentration, in League Two and the Premier League.
'Don't switch off', especially at set-pieces should be the mantra for the players at all clubs, but most importantly for us at Argyle.
If Argyle can keep the mistakes down to a minimum and play with the confidence they showed against Rochdale, they will be a difficult side to beat this year.
The pleasing passing style that Argyle displayed on Saturday has been coming for a while and is to be applauded and encouraged.
I liked Andres Gurrieri's inside-forward style role in midfield and on-loan striker Guy Madjo is beginning to grow on me.
Argyle's pace, especially down the flanks, will upset defences. Let's hope Rotherham struggle to contain the likes of Joe Lennox and Alex MacDonald on Saturday.
They go to Rotherham having already picked up seven points from a possible 15, and it would be a real boost to their confidence if they can add another three points to that tally.