Plymouth Argyle coach: We must do whatever it takes to stay up
PLYMOUTH Argyle must adopt a 'whatever it takes' approach to escape the threat of relegation from the Football League, coach Gary Owers has admitted.
For the second successive season, the Pilgrims are fighting to avoid the dreaded drop into the Football Conference.
They are 22nd-placed in League Two, one position above the relegation zone, and have played more matches than many of the clubs around them.
However, last time out, Argyle did beat Morecambe 2-1 at Home Park in their first match with John Sheridan as manager.
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Owers was in the Pilgrims' dug-out for that game after being asked to start working with the senior squad by Sheridan.
He arrived at Home Park last summer when taking over the role of head of coaching in Argyle's youth set-up.
For now, though, the 44-year-old is focusing on the Pilgrims' battle to stay up.
Owers told Herald Sport: "We know we have got to win games. We are not in a very good position.
"It's all about trying to improve our situation. Whatever it takes. That's what we are all here for."
He continued: "Speaking for myself, I don't want to focus on what has gone on before. It's a clean sheet for everyone.
"We have got a short period of time – three months. In the blink of an eye, the season will be gone.
"So we have got to approach every game in the right manner and try our best to get something out of each one.
"We have trained really hard, to be fair. The players have put a lot of effort into it. They look like they have enjoyed it."
Argyle should have played away to Paul Sturrock's Southend United last weekend but the game was postponed because of a frozen pitch.
They now face the prospect of two successive home fixtures, against Accrington Stanley – another of the League Two strugglers – this Saturday and Dagenham and Redbridge on February 2.
Owers said: "We were chomping at the bit last Thursday and Friday and it would have been nice to get on the bus and go away and play Southend, but it didn't happen.
"So that presents us with two home games and an opportunity to get points.
"Before John arrived, I think we had five wins in 27 games so we have got to do a lot better than that over a shorter period."
Owers admitted it would be far from straightforward for Argyle to improve on their perilous position in League Two.
He said: "I'm not blasé about it. It's easy to say, 'We are going to get out of it, no danger', but I'm sure it won't be that easy. We have all got to work hard.
"There are going to be ups and downs along the way but certainly the early indications are that we have got enough – more than enough – to get out of the position we are in."
Argyle are three points behind Accrington and have played the same number of games as them so they will be desperate for a win against them on Saturday.
Owers said: "I think if I was a player in this league coming to play at Home Park I would be up for it, and that's going to make things difficult for us.
"We have got to be able to overcome that, and that's where the supporters are going to play their part.
"We are going to need them every step of the way as well."