Despite the 2-0 defeat suffered at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, Plymouth remain top of the table heading into Tuesday’s clash with fellow promotion chasers.
The visitors controlled possession at The Valley but were surprisingly ineffective going forward and deserved their defeat against their in-form opponents based on the balance of play and the quality of chances created.
Rotherham United’s win, as well as Wycombe’s, meant that their lead at the summit was cut to just two points, but Argyle could well have been knocked off the top were it not for Wigan Athletic’s fixture being postponed.
However, despite the setback, there remains plenty of positives for manager Ryan Lowe to focus on, particularly considering the position they find themselves in compared to last season.
Losing six of the final seven matches of the 2020-21 campaign left the Pilgrims in 18th place come May, so to have started with 10 victories from the opening 18 league fixtures this time around demonstrates the remarkable turnaround by Lowe and his team.
Ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Wycombe at Home Park, Plymouth boast the joint-best home record across the division, whilst remaining the only side to be undefeated in front of their own supporters in the third tier so far, although that record is set to be put to its toughest test yet.
Meanwhile, Wycombe bounced back from a recent slump in form by defeating Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon, thanks to Sam Vokes’ fifth goal of the campaign during the second half.
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Anis Mehmeti had earlier missed a penalty midway through the first half but Gareth Ainsworth’s men edged out their opponents in an entertaining encounter that saw plenty of chances created by both sides.
That victory put an end to a three-match losing streak across three different competitions, as well as a six-match winless run overall.
Thankfully for Wanderers, only three of these fixtures were in League One and meant that their drop from top spot in recent weeks has left them still in a commanding position of fourth ahead of Tuesday’s tough trip to top-of-the-table Plymouth