Danny Salman: Plymouth Argyle's familiar frailties were in play in Bradford game
EVERY game for Plymouth Argyle now carries its own significance and none more so than Saturday's home game with Fleetwood Town.
It's a no-brainer to say that beating Fleetwood would ease the pressure on Argyle ahead of Tuesday's re-arranged game away to Southend United.
Argyle kept a clean sheet at home to Bradford City on Tuesday night and the point from the draw – like every addition to their total – was most welcome.
But, really, Argyle rode their luck against Bradford who could and should have won it in the second half, as the familiar frailties in the Pilgrims set-up came into play – or not, as I see it.
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Overall, though, the defence is solid enough with good honest pros like Guy Branston doing what he does best, getting his head and boot in between the opposition forwards and our goalkeeper Jake Cole.
The strikers we have at the moment are not going to score a lot of goals – although I'd be delighted to be proved wrong come the end of the season.
Somehow, between now and Saturday and for the rest of the season, the coaching staff have got to focus on getting the midfield to link up better with the forwards.
It's difficult for manager John Sheridan, who has to try and mix and match on loan and staff players and shape them into a cohesive team.
He has brought in on loan Joe Bryan (right) from Bristol City who is a winger, so that Jason Banton can play in a more central forward position.
You should know my views on relying on the loan system by now, and that I would prefer to use our own youngsters rather than some other club's.
It's difficult enough on the training pitch to drum into your own players to react in a certain and, hopefully, positive way on match days.
When you're bringing in young and therefore inexperienced footballers on loan, it's even more of a problem.
I haven't seen enough of either Simon Cox or Bryan, who was drafted in against Bradford, to make an informed judgement.
But Banton looks like he at least knows where the back of the net is, and John has to convince others to follow suit.
It seems to me that Argyle could be more of a threat or at least give the opposition something else to think about with more inventiveness from the midfield.
I'd like to see a better interchange between wide, central and attacking midfielders and the defence and strikers.
Although, we are now running out of league games in which to try and improve on that aspect, it's not like I'm asking them to re-invent the wheel.
But re-invention in midfield is what I am calling for, so more is needed, particularly in the opposition penalty area of not just Banton, but guys with a bit of goal threat about them like Andres Gurrieri and Conor Hourihane.
More fluidity and creativity is all I'm asking for and the fans I am sure are crying out for.
Fleetwood are coming to us seventh in the table and therefore in the play-offs and having won eight games away this season.
But, as we've seen, with one or two notable exceptions, there is not much between the top half and those teams below them.
A bit more quality in key areas, maybe, but overall, there's nothing in what I have seen this season which has frightened me.