ARGYLE manager feels that the two week break his squad received came at the right time as they now prepare to face Cambridge United on Saturday.
November saw Adams' side win one, lose one and draw two league games. However, with the points total the only thing on Derek’s mind, he is still more than happy to be second in Sky Bet League 2, equal on points to leaders Oxford United and behind only on goal difference.
“The players have had a break on a Saturday; I think that they needed that," said Derek. "They’ve got a bit of refreshment about them physically and mentally.
“They’ve played a lot of games this season and they had the weekend off. We worked hard before that and we’ve worked hard this week.
"We’re only concentrating on league form and we’ve won the most games this season in the league. We’ve got one of the best away records and one the best home records. If you look at it we’ve done exceptionally well; we’ve only lost two of the last 15 games this season.
"From that point of view, I’m very good with stats, you can spin it whatever way you want. There’s only one stat you need to know and that’s points."
Argyle have suffered from injuries to many key players of late, and are likely to face Cambridge with some of them still missing. However, Derek reported that at least one recent absentee should return against the U's. “That’ll be a boost to us," he said.
“You’d hope that they would have been back before now, but that’s not been the case - we’ve got players waiting in the wings that are ready to play."
Cambridge go into this game on the back of a defeat in the Emirates FA Cup, but have some good league momentum after picking up three wins in November. Shaun Derry is a relatively new manager for the club having only taken over the role on November 12, but has already changed the formation of his team and revitalised them - United have scored 24 goals in six games.
“A new manager always comes in and has new ideas," said Derek. "It happens all over the country. They have changed it a bit [the formation]. We’ll see the difference they’ve had in the start of the season to now.
“It’s a difficult match for us but we’re at home and we’ve got to take the game to Cambridge.
“They’ve got Barry Corr, who is one of the top strikers in the division; he’s scored a lot of goals. They’ve got a number of loan players in and they have recruited a lot in the summer.
“It’s a long season and we just have to concentrate on ourselves. We’ve got a team that are looking to go and win the match.”