27th December 2016
DEREK Adams believes the Pilgrims were triply hard done by during Boxing Day’s 3-3 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park.
Wanderers’ substitute Myles’s Weston’s last-minute equaliser cost Argyle top spot in Sky Bet League Two and completed a second-half comeback for the holiday visitors, who trailed 3-1 after an hour to goals from Jordan Slew, Jake Jervis and Yann Songo’o.
Adebayo Akinfenwa pulled one back for Wanderers immediately after Songo’o’s strike, to add to Scott Kashket’s eighth-minute opener and set the stage for Weston’s late leveller.
However, Derek believes Akinfenwa’s strike should not have stood and that the Pilgrims were denied two clear penalties by referee Graham Salisbury in a match which saw them claim 58% possession and hit the woodwork twice.
“We played very well,” Derek said. “We passed the ball well, created openings; we’ve hit the bar, hit the post, had a number of penalty claims turned down, and probably deserved to win the game.
“We haven’t won in the end but I think there was only one team that was trying to pass the ball and move it.
“We have been 3-1 up and we’ve lost a goal when Sonny Bradley is fouled by Akinfenwa to make it 3-2 – he’s pulled back; he’s twisted – it shouldn’t have been a goal. They get themselves back into it and then they score at the death.”
The penalty claims were for fouls on: “Slew in the first half and [Arnie] Garita in the second half - he’s through and either [Anthony] Stewart or [Aaron] Pierre brings him down; he’s got the other side of [Garita], he’s pulled him back; it’s a penalty kick; it’s a red card, a sending-off.
“We were very good in the first half, a top performance; in the second half, we got ourselves sucked in to a wee bit of a battle and it became fragmented, and that allowed them to get into the game.”
The Argyle manager was delighted with the chances created by his players, which could have resulted in more than just the three goals.
He said: “Jordan Slew scores the first one when he comes in side [Michael] Harriman. He twists him inside outside and then round about, and then has the shot and the goalkeeper couldn’t handle it.
“The second one was good play from Garita down the side and Jake’s made a very good run across to get the goal.
“Connor Smith’s hit the post; Garita’s hit the bar in the second half; then we score from a corner kick - a great delivery from [Graham] Carey and the ball was just behind Yann Songo’o and he’s twisted his body to get his foot round the ball.”
However, Derek was less than happy for two of Wycombe’s three strikes.
“For the first goal, Graham gives the ball away in the middle of the park and it’s an easy goal from their point of view. I know Kashket has to do well and he does; the second goal is a foul on us; and the third goal is a very good strike.
“We had to clear our lines. It’s a long ball into our box; we haven’t headed it far enough and we haven’t cleared our lines. It is a very good strike into the corner but we probably should have cleared it a wee bit better.”