Soaking It Up
ARGYLE have shown plenty of different qualities already this season, but their resilience came to the fore in their 2-0 success over Notts County.
At Meadow Lane, the Greens notched up their fourth win in succession and were set on the right track by Reuben Reid after 18 minutes, turning his man with ease and strength before firing into the far corner.
The opener brought on a prolonged spell of pressure from County, as manager Derek Adams’ men were forced to soak up a great deal of possession and deliveries from their opposition.
“They threw bodies forward,” said Derek, “and had a lot of attacking players on the park. They tried to create chances, but we limited them.
“Luke hasn’t really had many saves in the game. They had opportunities – you can’t take that away from them – but we knew that when we could counter attack, we could score goals. We’re always going to cause problems on the counter attack, because we’ve got a wee bit of pace.”
Argyle refused to be denied their fifth win on the road in all competitions, and Graham Carey entered the fray in the second half to give the Pilgrims more of a foothold in the game, replacing Hiram Boateng.
“I thought that with 20 minutes to go, I think it was, you wanted a wee bit of quality," said Derek.
“Hiram had run his race really. He’s played a lot of games for a young boy, and it gave us some fresh legs. I think that’s he’s played a lot of games, and we’ve just taken him out and tried to protect him. It’ll benefit him in the long run.”
After seeing off the best that County had to offer, Reid put the game beyond the hosts with four minutes to play. Refusing to be denied after a saved shot, Reuben got on the end of Jake Jervis’ recovery and cross to ensure the 826 members of the Green Army had three points to take home with them.
“They’ve been magnificent since I came to the football club,” said Derek. “Today was no different.
"It’s a long journey, it’s a lot of expense, and they could’ve easily sat at home, but that’s not what a Plymouth Argyle fan does. They travel and support the football team.
“We didn’t play as well as we could. We didn’t pass the ball as well as we can do, but we showed our resilience. At some times, we picked the right opportunities to score goals.”