Far and Wide

A WIDE player with pace is Argyle manager Derek Adams’ loan-transfer target.

The Pilgrims go to Notts County on Tuesday, having lost their opening two Sky Bet League Two fixtures without scoring.  Their first away defeat came at Carlisle United on Saturday, when Reggie Lambe’s 37th-minute goal proved the difference between the two sides.

After the defeat, Derek, who lost winger Gregg Wylde to Millwall in the summer, said he was aiming to add width and more pace to his squad by the end of the month.

“That’s been the main area we have tried to look to,” he said.

“We only had one player last season that had pace and we lost him to a League One side. This year, we have got the likes of [Graham] Carey, [Jake] Jervis and [Jordan] Slew who have got good pace. We will probably add to that before the transfer window finishes.”

The Brunton Park game marked the debut of Latvian centre-back Nauris Bulvitis after his international clearance came through on the eve of the match.

“He did very well,” said Derek. “He was one of our best performers. He was able to deal with the aerial threat from them and he did well.

“We knew we were going to come under that. That’s the style of the team and we dealt well with the aerial ball into the box.”

Nauris played in a three-man central defensive unit with Yann Songo’o and Sonny Bradley. After half-time, Derek pushed Yann up the field, to impressive effect.

“Songo’o was probably the stand-out performer today in the middle of the park,” said Derek. “He’s a winner and I think him going in there, a wee bit further forward in the back three, helped us in the second half and started attacks for us. It gave us better ball-retention.

“He’s more than comfortable to play in there – he got to give us a bit of protection – but, going forward, we have to create more chances than we are creating.”