The Safest Hands

AN end-to-end encounter against Accrington Stanley ended in a 1-0 victory for Argyle...

...and Derek Adams praised his goalkeeper Luke McCormick for several superb saves, lauding him as the best in the league. 

Argyle had to call upon their goalkeeper several times against Accrington, as the Pilgrims recorded their sixth clean sheet out of 13 games. Argyle have conceded the fewest out of the 24 teams in League 2, with the Pilgrim defence leaking just nine goals. 

Derek said: "I thought we did have a lot of chances for and against; both teams went for it today. Luke's made a number of very good saves and we've obviously had opportunities on goal as well. 

"We've had a lot of clean sheets this season and Luke's made a number of important saves for us today - that's why he is the best goalkeeper in the league and he's shown that today. 

"It's a difficult period for us and it has been since the start of the season. It's not an easy league we are in, it's a competitive league and we are happy with the start we have had.

"You have got to be resolute, and you have got to be able to score goals, you have got to be able to keep clean sheets and we've done that today. It's another game where we've had a clean sheet." 

Not only can Luke's defence boast conceding the fewest in League 2, the Pilgrims haven't conceded a goal in the past three games in all competitions - meaning the last goal Argyle conceded was five-and-a-half-hours worth of football ago. 

Argyle's defence has remained the same all season, except for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Exeter City, where Ben Purrington stood in at left-back for suspended Gary Sawyer. 

Derek Adams also praised a Curtis Nelson tackle that saved Argyle from going behind when Josh Windass went one-on-one with Argyle 'keeper Luke. 

"Jake Jervis probably should have scored to make it 1-0 to us, then up the other end we make a mistake, and Curtis goes back and makes a great challenge," said Derek.