ARGYLE manager Derek Adams has backed Pilgrims’ headline-maker Graham Carey to cope with the plaudits that continue to come his way after yet another match-winning performance.
The Irish playmaker netted the only goal of the game in Argyle’s fourth win from five Sky Bet League 2 matches, finishing off a sweet move with a thunderous shot two minutes before half-time.
It was the 26-year-old’s fourth goal in five league games – all of which Argyle have won – putting him easily on target to beat his previous season’s best tally.
“It was a well-worked throw-in,” said Derek, of the goal. “Gary Sawyer threw it into Brunt, who held it up and laid it off, and a fantastic finish. It was just one of the numerous opportunities we had in the first half and we really needed to score in the first half because the second half can always be different.”
Such has been his impact since arriving at Home Park in the summer that the Green Army’s expectations of him are high – he has been voted man of the match three times in five league games – but Derek believes he can handle that, and does not believe he should be singled out.
“He’s played for Celtic and when you’ve played for such a big club, you have to deal with that,” he said. “He’s a player that is very capable and scored a good number of goals already from midfield.
“There’s expectancy from me for all the players. We don’t just put pressure on one player; we have got a team that has got pressure on them. I think it’s important that you talk about the team, rather than individuals, but the goalscorers always take the headlines.
“He’s done really well. He’s hit the ground running – as everybody has – and we’re delighted with the progress he has made.”