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ARGYLE began to round the final bend of their pre-season marathon with a 1-0 victory against Torquay United...

...and manager Derek Adams believes his side are on course to be physically ready for the season ahead.

The Pilgrims visited the Launa Windows Stadium for their fifth friendly in July out of six, and went the distance against a rugged opposition to steal a winner in the 86th minute, as Graham Carey’s free-kick whizzed through a crowded area and into the far corner.

With the Greens’ opening game of the Sky Bet League 2 season looming large, Adams was pleased with the test his side were given against the Gulls, but even more so with how his team dug in as a unit to cap a tough-run out with a victory. 

“It was a very good game for us,” said Derek. “I thought for large spells of the game we were excellent, especially in the wider areas.

“With the chances we created, we were unfortunate not to have gone ahead early in the game. We had numerous chances, especially in the first half, and some in the second half.

“We’re making very good progress; we’ve played really well in the pre-season games. We’ve got minutes under our belt and the players have got an understanding with each other, so I’m delighted with the progress we’re making. 

“Torquay will do well in this league. They’re a good side who get the ball forward very quickly and pass it well, as well. I think they’ll be up there or thereabouts this season. But I’m delighted with the performance tonight, and to get the victory.

“I thought that the 14 players all contributed to the team, and it’s a team effort - that’s important. We’re not far away now; barring an injury, we’ve got a good idea of where we’re going. 

“I’m delighted with the performance tonight and the progress we’re making.” 

The boss was also able to play striker Reuben Reid from start to finish for the first time since taking over, as Argyle’s top scorer for the past two seasons remains ahead of schedule following a foot injury. 

“It was nice to get him 90 minutes – he played on 45 on Saturday – and it’s important he gets match fitness,” said Derek.  

“I’m delighted that he got 90 minutes tonight. That tells you he’s working his way back to full fitness.”