Character Building

ARGYLE once again showed their strength in character to not just come from behind to beat Barnet 2-1, but also fend off a last-ditch onslaught from the visitors.

The Pilgrims secured a sixth victory in their first ten league games, nullifying an Aaron McLean strike in the first half by roaring back with goals from Graham Carey and Jake Jervis after the break – no more than Argyle deserved, according to their boss. 

“A very good performance from us, again,” said Adams. 

“We’ve come from behind in the game, scoring a fabulous goal from Graham Carey, and another one from Jake Jervis, so it’s a good night for us. 

“In the first half, we created a lot of chances in the game, and we’re delighted to get another victory. We’re on a very good run of form just now, and Barnet have just come off two wins, but we’ve got another home victory.”

The victory did not come without moments of worry, though, with the visitors hitting the woodwork on two occasions and forcing a goal-line clearance from Curtis Nelson. The Greens gritted their teeth, though, and stood firm to see off another physical, imposing side. 

“It was a very dogged, defensive display in the last ten minutes,” said Adams. “You’ve got to do that in games, and we’ve been able to do that tonight.” 

“We had to deal with it, and we’re going to have to deal with that in this division. Some teams play that way, some teams play a passing style. We’ve had to deal with that, and we’ve obviously gathered the three points."

The victory takes Argyle back up to second in the Sky Bet League 2 table, but Adams remains unfazed and unwavering in his mentality to simply focus on each match separately, rather than worry about the progress of fellow promotion contenders. 

“I look at it on a game-by-game basis,” said Derek. “I don’t look at anything else. I look to win the next game, and I’ll do that from now until the end of the season. 

“It’s the only way I know how to work. I don’t set targets: the target is to win every game. We’ve had six wins, two draws and two losses in our first ten games, so we’re delighted with the season we’re having. I think we’re unbeaten in four games – two wins and two draws – so I can spin it whatever way I want!”