Standards and Practises

AFTER their 2-1 victory away at Newport County, Derek Adams has stressed that Argyle’s position atop the Sky Bet League Two table is down to one thing, and one thing only: standards.

At Rodney Parade, the Pilgrims secured an eighth league win on the road this season, despite falling behind after 24 minutes thanks to Scott Boden’s lob over Luke McCormick. A brilliant second-half display saw Jake Jervis and Ryan Brunt turn the game on its head with strikes of their own, solidifying Argyle's status as the division's team to beat.

With more wins than any other team in the league and an extended run in the promotion places, Adams feel his side’s lofty position is totally deserved due to their excellent performances in all manner of situations and positions.

“We’re in the position because we’ve performed to a very high standard – not because of any other reason,” said Derek. 

“We’ve picked up 49 points now out of 24 games; we’ve done that with hard work and the graft of the players, and the quality we have in the team at times. That’s the reason we’re there; there is no other reason. It’s a very good points total at this stage of the season. 

“We’ve got players that have got very good character about them. You look at the front two lads in Jake Jervis and Ryan Brunt today: they’ve worked ever so hard. Carl McHugh went from playing centre midfield into the back three. Ben Purrington came on, Josh Simpson came on as well. Having that in your squad can only help you. 

“You’ve got to try and think ahead and plan ahead, and that’s what we try to do. We’ve come away with nine points in the last three games, and it’s moved us into a very good points total.”