A SLOW start from Argyle in their 2-1 defeat to Stevenage cost them dear, and manager Derek Adams is not looking to make excuses for their sluggishness off the mark.
For the second game in succession, the Greens found themselves two goals behind in the opening throes of the game, as Connor Ogilvie and Chris Whelpdale punished them for once again coming out of the blocks sheepishly.
“We obviously didn’t start particularly well today and lost a poor goal after five minutes,” said Derek, “and lost another poor goal later on in the half. It’s a long way back after that.
“It’s not something that we want to have. The way we started the game today allowed [Stevenage] to press us. That’s not good, because they’ve obviously had a free week and they’re raring to go.”
The Pilgrims made another extensive journey to face a team at home and with a week’s worth of preparation under their collective belt, but the boss was not prepared to overlook their opportunities to change the outcome of the game in the 90 minutes.
“Obviously they’ve had a free week,” said Adams. “Yes, we had a seven-and-a-half hour journey here, we had a six-hour journey the other night, but I’m not going to stand here and complain about it. That’s what we had, and we have to get on with it.
“We’ve had a number of chances late on in the game, where we could’ve done better and got that equaliser.
“Give credit to Stevenage: they stopped us playing at times. We were committing fouls and they were getting behind the ball, so credit to them.
“Overall, Stevenage pushed us, harried us, and were able to get the win.”