Sole Focus

AFTER two home defeats in cup competitions, Argyle manager Derek Adams is keen to put them to one side so his squad can now put their sole focus onto the league.

Adams' side are currently at the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table, five points clear of the chasing pack. The Pilgrims have had to put the league to the back of their minds recently with two games coming in the Emirates FA Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Although both games were losses, Derek sees this a chance to focus on the side's main aim: to move away from the distractions that the cups bring and continue with what his side does best by winning league games.

Derek said: “At the start of the season you want to try and progress in another round [of the cups] so you play your strongest team. Now we’ve got 30 league games to play and we’re going to play the strongest team in that.

“Millwall are a team that have just come down from the Championship the year before so they’re a good side. I thought we competed well, we showed a good organisation, we created chances, we scored goals. We didn’t defend well but attacking wise I was happy.

“I think we’ve shown over the season, we’ve got seven clean sheets out of 16 in the league - so we can defend. It was one of those nights where defenders didn’t do their job properly on both sides.

“Now we’ve come to the end of the cup runs we can concentrate on league matters. We’re doing well in the league competition. We started the season exceptionally well and we want to continue that."

Looking ahead to the York game Adams expects City to play a different style of football now that Jackie McNamara is in charge. “They’ve got a number of danger players in their team," said Derek, "with the likes of Sinclair and Coulson - and they’ve got a couple of loan players as well.

“They’re a team that have got a bit about them, they’ve shown that the other night against Barnsley; but we’ve done well on the road this season. We’ve won a good number of games so we’re happy with our away performances.

“We’ve shown this season that we can score goals, we’ve got the players in the team to do that and it’s about trying to do that on Saturday against York.”