ECHOSPORT talks to Plymouth Argyle fan Arthur Batchelor ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Roots Hall.

Plymouth are currently second from bottom in the standings. What has been your take on the season so far?

“To be honest, it’s been a disappointing first half of the season as you might remember we were three points off the play-offs at the end of last season.

“All the fans at the start of the season were hopeful of pushing onwards and upwards but unfortunately this just hasn’t happened.”

Why do you feel this season hasn’t been going so well?

“We lost three lynchpins from last season’s defence and have really struggled to replace them.

“We lost goalkeeper Remi Matthews, Sonny Bradley went to Luton and Oscar Threlkeld left too to play in Belgium.

“However, Threlkeld was re-signed this week which is good news but we’ve also been plagued by injuries.”

Does manager Derek Adams still have the backing of the fans?

“That’s a very difficult question to answer as there is a bit of a divide.

“Some fans who love the man know we over achieved last season and appreciate the job he’s doing but realise that there comes a point where loyalty just isn’t enough to keep hold of someone.

“Then there’s some members of the fanbase who really think the manager’s days are numbered and have been calling for the chop for a while due to a number of reasons.

“Personally, I want the manager to continue.”

Who would you say is the star man for Argyle?

“You could pick a number of players really. Freddie Ladapo has scored 12 goals this season while Ruben Lameiras can do special things with a football. Graham Carey has had a quiet season by his high standards but, on his day, he is a team beater.”

What’s the team news for Saturday?

“I would expect us to be unchanged from the team which beat Oxford 3-0 on New Year’s Day but we do have Threlkeld back with us so that’s another option for the manager at Southend this weekend.”