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ARGYLE suffered a delay to their 2-1 redemption victory at Wycombe but wasted little time when proceedings eventually started.
Following a six-minute hold-up while Wycombe provided league approval to wear GPS equipment, Reuben Reid netted after four minutes on his comeback from injury when he finished off a Graham Carey corner to set the Pilgrims on their way to a fourth win from five away games this season.
Jake Jervis’s fifth goal of the campaign 13 minutes before half-time sealed the win against last season’s play-off nemesis after former Pilgrim Jason Banton had levelled the match with his first goal for his new club.
Argyle manager Derek Adams said: “Reuben started the game well and we started on the front foot. He made a great run down the side in the first minute, and brought a chance.
“He was terrific today, as was the rest of the team and it was a professional performance. He held the ball up; he ran down the channels; he gave their centre-halves a torrid afternoon at times – I think they were glad to see him go off in injury-time. A very good performance – but every single one of them was tremendous.
“To get off to a flying start was delightful. It is a difficult place to come – the grass is a wee bit longer; the pitch is narrower; and you have to get used to that – everyone in the league knows that.”
Derek gave short shrift to suggestions that his team had to ride their luck to claim the three points which took them back up to second in Sky Bet League 2.
He said: “It’s a great result and we had other chances. Wycombe had chances as well. It was an open game in the end.
“They didn’t put the ball in the back of the net and we didn’t do the same at their end. We had a number of opportunities as well, and could have had the game out of sight at some parts. It’s a 2-1 win, I think it says in the scorebook.”
It was Argyle’s third victory on the road from four league games and maintains their place in the division’s top three. Talk of promotion or play-offs is, however, premature, warned the gaffer.
“We are just looking to try to win games,” said Derek. “We have come away from home this season and won a good number of times and it is important you can do that. We have shown how professional and how quick we can play on the counter attack, and we can defend as well.
“You have got to try to win your home games, but you have got to do really well away from home as well.
“You want to keep on winning football matches. That’s our job and that’s what we’ll continue to try to do.”