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17 April 2016

DEREK Adams was overjoyed that his Argyle side were able to give the Green Army what they deserved, as his side secured a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth.

Over 2,400 Argyle fans packed into the away end of Fratton Park, and were sent into raptures when Derek's side overcame a 1-0 deficit with less than ten minutes to play, courtesy of goals from Jamille Matt and Gregg Wylde.

Adams made a point to head towards the travelling Pilgrims to thank them both before and after the match for their outstanding support, as they witnessed Argyle's 11th away league win of the season.

"You've seen our supporters today," said Derek. "They were absolutely outstanding, and we managed to give them a win away from home in the Dockyard Derby.

"This was a top-level game today, between two very good sides, and some good football on show.

"As I said during the week, attendances are up by nearly 20% this season, and that tells you that they're with us. We're taking people into Argyle. We've taken 2,000-odd today, they've packed out the away end and we could've taken a lot more. They've shown us tremendous backing, and they've enjoyed seeing us on the road this season, because we're giving them something to shout about."

Adams will be ensuring that his side do not rest on their laurels as they begin preparation on Sunday for a midweek trip to Leyton Orient. The boss is hoping that both Jordon Forster and Gary Sawyer will be available for the game after missing the Portsmouth win through injury. They will have plenty of competitions for their places, though, with both Kelvin Mellor and Ben Purrington putting in strong performances during their absence.

"Another tough match for us," said Derek of the Orient game. "We'll be in tomorrow morning preparing ourselves, then we'll have to travel on Monday again to London.

"We've got a number of good games coming up and we're just hopeful we can keep the performances going.

"Gary Sawyer has a slight knock. At this stage of the season and as with Reuben [Reid] last week, we have to be careful. The two of them obviously couldn't start the game, and we had to leave them out. [They are] hopeful for Tuesday night; it gives them that wee bit longer to get ready for Tuesday. We'll assess them tomorrow and Monday.

"But Ben Purrington came in there as well, today. He's always done well for me when he's played, either in midfield or at left back, and I'm delighted for him as well."

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