Fragmented Frustration

ARGYLE drew a blank at home for the first time this season in their loss to Wycombe Wanderers...

...but manager Derek Adams believes one goal would have opened the floodgates for many more.

The Chairboys were able to open the scoring after just three minutes at Home Park, as Gozie Ugwu appeared to get the last touch on a set-piece that found its way into the net.  
“The ball in was low – it wasn’t a great corner kick,” said Derek, “and we haven’t dealt with it well at the front post area. I think we can take all the blame. We can’t really credit Wycombe because our defending was poor.
“Today we lost a goal after two minutes, which was a bad goal to lose at the corner kick. After that, we’ve got a number of good opportunities to score goals, but we haven’t taken them.”
A fragmented and tense affair provided no more goals, as the Greens were unable to capitalise on pressure and possession in good areas, recording their fifth league defeat at home this season.
“I don’t think Luke McCormick’s had enough saves to make,” said Adams, “and I don’t think their goalkeeper’s had enough saves to make. We didn’t trouble him enough.
“We had shots on goal, but they weren’t powerful enough or accurate enough to trouble him. That’s something that we are disappointed about. We had a lot of good opportunities in good areas. We just didn’t get the final connection on the ball, and I think if one goal goes in then we go on to win the game. I don’t think there’s a question in it.
“It wasn’t without the want of trying. A number of players got into good positions and didn’t really connect well enough to score that goal. The ball probably fell to the wrong person too many times.”
One ray of light at the Theatre of Greens was the continuation of Graham Carey’s return to full fitness, as he came on at half-time to help aid Argyle’s cause.
“It’s not easy for him – it's his first 45 minutes in eight weeks," said Derek. "He's got glimpses of what he can do."