Carey Free

GRAHAM Carey's strike just after half-time gave Argyle their 19th league win of the season...

...and Argyle's Scottish midfielder says that Derek Adams' tactics allowed him the chance to score the winner.

The goal was Graham's ninth of the season, and came just minutes after Derek altered his formation to allow Graham to push forward more.

"The gaffer changed the formation a little bit to get me closer to the front," Graham said. "Obviously it paid off 'cause I was in the box. In the first half I was a bit deeper trying to get on the ball. I didn't really get too many opportunities to get into the box.

"I could see the ball was going to be crossed into the box, so it was just a case of getting in there and it was a decent finish, there were a few people on the line, all in all I think it was a good goal."

Graham, who has been known for scoring several wonder goals, was composed with his strike, as he side footed home to put the Pilgrims ahead. 

"I think I went for power in the first-half and hit the corner flag!" Graham joked. "Just hit the target in those situations, I think the keeper was un-sighted anyway. It was important just to hit the target."

Despite it being Graham's eighth league goal, prior to this winner he had not scored since November, although that was partly down to an injury lay-off. 

"Me and Pete were talking about it before the game," said Graham. "I said I could not believe I had not scored since November. Obviously I was out injured for a long time, but it is nice to be on the scoresheet again. Hopefully that will open the floodgates.

"All in all I thought we moved the ball really well. In the first half we were patient and sometimes it is going to take 60 or 70 minutes to break teams down, we just need to be patient and we have the quality in the team to do that."

Argyle have now got a heavy fixture schedule, starting with Barnet away on Tuesday and Oxford at home next Saturday. Graham said that a busy fixture list could provide a chance for the Pilgrims to increase their gap ahead of the play-off sides and put Argyle in a good position heading into the final games of the season.

"It can swing both ways," he said. "If we pick up results and other teams do not then the gap can get bigger - then all of a sudden we have got ten games left. That is the way you need to look at it. We are on a good bit of form at the minute and we need to keep that up and keep doing what we are doing.

"Today was tough because of the three games in the week. Today was probably the toughest of the lot. I am feeling good, obviously the goal will give me a bit more confidence as well. It's just time now to recover for Tuesday."