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Plymouth’s Ryan Donaldson: “Teams up their game against us”

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Plymouth midfielder Ryan Donaldson has said other teams in League Two view Argyle as a major scalp, and “up their game against us.”

The Devon side are currently second in the fourth tier, flying high after suffering play-off final heartache last season, but lost to Yeovil on Tuesday night.

The defeat to the Glovers was just the seventh time Plymouth have lost in 27 games, and Donaldson, 25, said: “”Yeovil the other night, you should’ve heard them when they won!”

Donaldson came through the ranks at Newcastle and was part of Chris Hughton’s squad that cantered to the Championship title in 2011 – and the winger sees similarities between that side and his current side.

“When teams beat us they celebrate like they’ve won the league, which is a bit similar.

“It’s the same – people up their game against us, which you’ve got to deal with when you’re a big club like us.

“It’s not annoying, it just feels better when you beat them because we should beat teams like that, but sometimes it happens and you’ve just got to move on and get on with it.

“We’ve got so many good players here – I’ve not played in a squad this good since I made the step up into men’s football, so I think we all push each other on.”

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