We are not on a downward spiral, insists Albion captain
PLYMOUTH Albion captain Sean-Michael Stephen insists the team are not on a 'downward spiral'.
After a stunning start to the season where they won four out of their opening five matches, Albion have now lost four league and cup games on the bounce.
Their latest defeat came on Saturday when they were beaten 31-22 at Brickfields by third-placed Nottingham.
That was Albion's first league loss at home this season.
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But Stephen felt Albion, who were 15-0 up after 15 minutes in that match, could easily have won the fixture and he is confident results will start going their way again.
"Saturday's game was a bit disappointing," said Stephen, who celebrated his 30th birthday by playing against Nottingham.
"We definitely played well enough in large parts to win that game."
Albion did not even pick up a bonus point from the game.
They had the chance to pick up two had they scored a try near the end but they ended up with nothing.
Stephen said: "I think we played more than well enough in the majority of the game to not just get a point or two, but to get four or five.
"The biggest disappointment is that just a few key moments in the game let us down."
Albion's last win came on September 28.
But Stephen said: "We don't feel like we are on a big downward spiral or anything.
"We know we are a good team and can do a lot of good things on the pitch.
"As long as we keep sticking to our game plan and working hard each week and trying to improve then we will get results."
Stephen hopes Albion can return to winning ways this weekend when they make their first trip to Jersey.
The Islanders sit bottom of the table, however, they did claim their first league win on Saturday when they narrowly overcame London Scottish.
"Playing at team that has just won can be dangerous," said Albion's captain.
"They will take a lot of confidence into the game, so there will be nothing easy there, but, like every week, we will be going there looking for a win."
Stephen admitted losing at home on Saturday was particularly upsetting.
"Any loss is disappointing but especially here," he said.
"It is a big goal of ours to play really well at home and give our fans a lot to come out and watch."