Holloway remains focused
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Plymouth boss Ian Holloway is refusing to get carried away after Saturday's 1-0 win.
Plymouth boss Ian Holloway is refusing to get carried away after Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace lifted The Pilgrims into the play-off places.
Holloway has transformed the club's fortunes since arriving in the summer and Nick Chadwick's goal was enough to hand them victory over Palace.
The Pilgrims are well placed in fifth, but Holloway feels it is too early to be talking about promotion.
"No point shouting about things now," he said. "We've had a decent start but it's where you end up."
Holloway heaped praise on Chadwick and sent out his best wishes to Hasney Aljofree who missed the game following the death of a close friend on Friday.
"Chadwick hasn't been involved for four weeks and he comes off the sick bed more or less and does that for us. He gave everything," Holloway said.
He added: "I can't really talk about it but Hasney is on compassionate leave and all our love goes with him and his family and his close friends.
"He was in a total state of shock and I had to make a decision because the poor lad was all over the place.
"Those things are much more important than football to me."
Saturday's defeat extended Palace's winless run to five games and manager Peter Taylor feels some of his players are lacking confidence.
"We've got to stay strong and we've got to look to go up to Sheffield and get a result," he said.
"I think it's confidence, standing up to be tested to the maximum. We had a few who looked a little bit nervous from kick-off time today.
"The only way we're going to get out of this poor run is to work hard and be exceptionally brave together."