26th December 2015
IN front of a bumper crowd at Home Park, Derek Adams believes the show put on by his Argyle side was more than deserving of their 1-0 victory.
The Greens ended a run of five home games without a win by seeing off the Somerset side, thanks to Ryan Brunt reacting first to a swerving Craig Tanner shot that had been parried away by Yeovil keeper Chris Weale. Ryan tucked home to net the game's only goal, and give Argyle three more precious points.
Despite that indifferent run at the Theatre of Greens and less than ideal playing conditions, the Pilgrims rarely looked threatened by the Glovers, thanks in part to another resolute defensive display.
“Over the 90 minutes,” said Derek, “our play thoroughly deserved the three points. We created chances, and the way we passed the ball as well, we were in total command of the game.
“It was windy out there, but I thought that both teams handled it very well. It was an entertaining match. I thought we started exceptionally well in the game. We had a number of opportunities in the opening 15 to 20 minutes, and Yeovil struggled to get into our back line.
“The concentration has to be kept to a maximum in this league. You play against a lot of teams who come to Plymouth and really take off their guard and go for it. At times, Yeovil played like that, but we picked them off at times and created some good movements and good positions to get into.
“It was good to get a clean sheet today, but it was also good that we didn’t really come under pressure, so to speak, inside the 18-yard box. I thought our team shape and the way we set up were excellent.”
Argyle eased two points clear atop the Sky Bet League Two table with a win in front of almost 13,000 fans at Home Park, and Adams is not underestimating how important that showing of support is in keeping the Pilgrims in pole position for promotion.
“There was a magnificent turnout from the Plymouth Argyle fans,” said Derek. “For them to stay behind and applaud the team off the park shows you the connection the players, the staff and the fans have at this football club.
“We’ve managed to gather momentum now, and we’ll look to try and continue that.”