ARGYLE strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Mansfield Town, with manager Derek Adams relishing the bonus of an excellent performance to go with a much-needed win.
The Pilgrims further solidified their place inside the Sky Bet League 2 promotion places, with Gregg Wylde opening the scoring after 33 minutes with a fierce, low drive from outside the area.
Argyle surged forward after the opener, and were awarded their first penalty of the season - to a rapturous reception from the Green Army – which Ryan Brunt expertly tucked away after 36 minutes.
An excellent showing from the recalled Brunt was capped off with a second goal six minutes from time, reaching a Jake Jervis cross first to prod home, sealing a win that the Greens’ convincing display deserved.
“Wylde’s been excellent for us,” said Derek. “He’s scored goals now, which is important that he brings to his game, but he’s setting up chances for other players as well.
“You look at Mansfield today: they changed formation, as we knew they would do, a good number of times. It’s important that you have players who are capable of seeing a change in the game, and also being able to open them up.
“When you’ve got the players we have, it’s important you pass the ball well and quickly. Yes, when we go away from home at this moment in time, it can be easier for us, because there is more grass on the pitch, but hopefully that’ll be sorted when the good weather comes around."
The win sees Argyle move ten points clear of fourth place in the division, and whilst victories are obviously the priority to the boss, he knows that doing so in such a consummate fashion can only mean good things for his side.
“I’m just delighted to win,” said Derek. “I think that when you get to this stage in the season, you want to win games, but if you can win and play in a fashion like we do, then you’ve got to be more than happy.”