DEREK Adams is as grounded as they come, but even he allowed himself a wee bit of satisfaction with Argyle’s performance in their 2-1 Sky Bet League 2 victory at York.

First-half goals from Jake Jervis and Graham Carey underpinned a magnificent one-sided 45 minutes from the Pilgrims, whose copybook was blotted only by a strike from Ben Godfrey in the eighth of ten minutes injury-time.

“For the first 20 minutes, we were unbelievable,” said the Argyle manager. “The way we went at [York] and the pressure we put them under, it could have been four or five [goals] in the first 20 minutes. The way we played and the way we passed the ball – we were absolutely terrific.

“We should have been a lot more up at half-time, the chances we created; the shots on goal. We probably could have hit the target more times, but we should have been a lot more up.

“We have got a very good team. We have got a team that looks like they’re hungry. We haven’t used a lot of players this season and we’ve done really well.

“Today shows we have got fighting qualities. We defended well but we played on the front foot. We’ve done that for most of the season, the way we pass the ball and interchange, and create chances. We’ve got players that are capable of scoring goals.”

The game finished late after a long delay while City centre-back Dave Winfield was treated for an injury that saw him taken off on a stretcher. 

During time added on for that, the home side reduced the deficit with a Ben Godfrey goal but not even the loss of a clean sheet could dent the manager’s enthusing.

He said: “York put a lot of high balls in at the end; that was always going to be the case with the injury-time there was. 

“That caused a wee bit of a problem but we were here for three points and we’ve got them.”