fter the unquestionable highs of last season, it would be easy to be frustrated about only having two points on the board from as many games. Add to that the dropping of a 2-0 lead at home on the opening weekend, some could be easily persuaded to gear their thinking towards that of doom. But that shouldn't be the case...
Think back to just over two years ago - the club only avoids dropping out of the Football League, and likely of their existence, in the final moments of their season. Mike Flynn then stears the side to a comfortable mid-table finish and then to a remarkable play-off final at Wembley 12 months later.
But how does the club continue to progress from such highs? Well, it's been a gradual re-build so far...why should that change now?
After spending much of his press-facing time bemoaning the lack of depth in his squad last season, Flynn now seems to have that very thing at his disposal. But in order to do so, the club have brought in a total of nine new players (admittedly not all on permanent deals and not counting those who've new contracts); seven of which have been done so to bolster the back line, which came under some considerable scrutiny last term.
Three of these (McNamara, Howkins and Hayes) have earned berths in both starting XIs to this point, indicating that Flynn has strong faith in his new men; but as with anything new being built, it's going to take time for everything to solidify.
Prior to the trip to Cambridge, Flynn made a point of saying that success this season will come about as a result of making fewer mistakes, particularly on the road. To help in achieving this, Tom King must build a rapport with a brand new rear-guard. Mickey Demetriou must lead an all-new trio of men alongside him. Many a good thing for County will start with football being played at the back, but there is nothing to suggest that this should be immediate. Additionally, the pre-season schedule rarely gave the squad an example of the physcial exertion that League Two requires to be successful.
A point against one of the favourites for promotion followed by a point on the road (remember all those defeats on their travels last season?) is hardly a bad return to this point under such circumstances.
If solidity at the back means a scenario that means additional draws initially, but is then followed by a barrage of victories, I don't think there's a single Exiles fan out there that wouldn't rip off the proverbial arm to get at it.
Don't be fooled, Plymouth at home could very well be the game to kick-start the league campaign, but it's a long season ahead and the quality of the team is well known...so if it isn't, let's not lose hope just yet.