Rookie boss Fletcher backs inexperienced Plymouth frontline

Plymouth Argyle caretaker manager Carl Fletcher has backed the club’s misfiring strikers to find form and fire them away from relegation danger.

The ailing Devon club have found the net on just three occasions in the league with defender Will Atkinson grabbing two and Fletcher himself the other.

As well as experienced forward Warren Feeney the Pilgrims boast just two other first-team strikers in the shape of teenagers Tom Hitchcock and Matt Lecointe.

Fellow young forward Jared Sims has also featured in the League Cup but has yet to make a league appearance.

Northern Ireland international Feeney is suffering a particularly barren spell in front of goal last finding the net for Oldham in a 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Accrington Stanley in November 2010.

However Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon that he will keep the faith with the current set of forwards: “At the minute all my focus is on them, because they’re good players and I know they’re good players, when you’re a player sometimes things go for you, sometimes they don’t.

“But there’s a saying that a lot of people say, that form is temporary, class is permanent.”

Plymouth are already five points adrift of safety in League Two and after Peter Reid’s sacking on Sunday Fletcher has been charged with the unenviable task of turning their season around.

The former Wales international has confirmed he has stepped down as club captain to fully focus on the role and is relishing the challenge: “It’s been hectic, but enjoyable. Each day we’re learning something new to make our lives easier so hopefully as things go on it should get easier.

“You’re not going to change things overnight so I think, as Plymouth Argyle as a club, it’s a work in progress, but their attitude has been spot on.”

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