Derek Hands Out His Verdict

DEREK Adams revealed mixed emotions at his side’s 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.

A 79th minute goal by Billy Bodin looked to have won the game for the home side, but Josh Simpson’s 88th minute leveller earned Argyle a point. 

On one hand, having gone behind and playing an in-form side, it looks a point gained, On the other, Derek felt Argyle had been the dominant force on the day at the Memorial Stadium. 

Speaking of hands, Derek also noted the possible handball by former Pilgrim Jermaine Easter in the build up to Rovers’ goal. 

“First half of the game was total control,” said Derek. “We had a number of opportunities and should have been in 2-0 or 3-0 up at half-time. 

“Bristol Rovers put two substitutes on and changed their formation because we were dominating the game. It’s credit to their manager that he changed it and they got a goal on the counter attack. 

“We put a bad free-kick into the box, and they got a lucky break where it looks like Easter has handled it with two hands. They got another lucky break in the box where it comes off a backheel and falls to one of their players. 

“I didn’t think they were going to score today. It didn’t look like it.

“But to come away to a team fourth in the league, on a really good run and that beat Oxford last week, it’s disappointing not to come away with three points – but sometimes you’ve got to take a point.”

Argyle had the best three chances of the first half, including a shot from Gregg Wylde that hit the bar. The Scottish winger was a menace throughout the game – one that suited the abilities of Wylde, as the game saw each side frequently counter attacking the other.

“We were one pass away from being in total control of the football match,” said Derek. “The players were very composed, but we needed to get the ball more into the wide areas. 

“We worked on it during the week. Gregg Wylde was giving their right-sided centre back a torrid time. That was the area we wanted to cause them problems. 

“They are a very good side, and they have pushed themselves up the league. 

“I thought it was a good footballing match. It was end to end at times, a bit like a basketball match towards the end, but I think it was good for the viewing public.”