Date: 9th March 2016 at 9:15am
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Strong hearts and minds will be needed by fans and players of Plymouth Argyle for the final 11 games of the season.

League Two games on Tuesday saw Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers both record 3-1 wins and close the gap on Argyle to six points.

At one stage of the season the Greens were top of League Two with a five point cushion but now Derek Adams’ team sit in third place on goal difference to Oxford United in second spot and six points ahead of Pompey and Rovers.

Accrington Stanley were thought to be Argyle’s strongest challengers for an automatic promotion spot, mainly because of their games in hand but a poor run of form and the defeat to Portsmouth on Tuesday has dropped Accrington down to fifth place, although they do play Argyle on Saturday and still have one game in hand.

If you look at the previous 11 games of Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth and Accrington none of them have managed the six point swing needed to overtake Argyle who won 16 points from the last 11 games.
Bristol Rovers picked up 19 points, Portsmouth 18 and Accrington 15, if that were to continue for the remaining 11 games of the season it wouldn’t be enough to leapfrog above Argyle.
So the idea that Argyle have stuttered in recent months while other teams have enjoyed great runs just isn’t true.

After the game against Accrington the Greens have four winnable games on the horizon with Luton Town and York City at Home Park and Morecambe and Exeter City away.
After winning on average two points per game for most of the season Argyle’s average pointage per game has dropped slightly to 1.85 in recent weeks, even if that were to continue for the remaining 11 games the points total will be 85 and enough for automatic promotion.

After years of misery and last season’s capitulation in the play-offs it’s understandable that fans are starting to get anxious, especially after Argyle have occupied a top three place for most of the season.

Now is not the time to doubt the players and manager, they haven’t let us down this season, in fact they have done fantastically well to be so consistent and stay at the top or near the top of League Two for so long. Now is the time to keep calm and back the Greens!