Good Time Guys
THE final score for Argyle's winning effort against St Blazey may attract the attention of many...
...but manager Derek Adams' focus lay away from the Blaise Park scoreline.
The Greens recorded a 9-0 victory over the Cornwall side – one goal short of Argyle's tally the last time they visited St Blazey in 2007 – thanks to strikes from Jake Jervis (3), David Goodwillie (2), Jordan Slew (2), Jimmy Spencer and Ben Purrington.
Whilst Derek is understandably pleased with so many players finding the net in the Pilgrims' first pre-season game of the new campaign, getting match-fitness into the legs of his squad is his main focus and that will continue over two more games this coming week.
“To get game-time was the most important thing today,” said Derek. “It was very good, following on from last season's pre-season.
“It's just about getting everyone some game-time today. We've got two games during the week as well, so we've got a lot of games to play and just keep the players going along.
“I think that, last season, we shared the goals around. We've done likewise today and I think it's important that you score goals from all areas. We've shown, today, that we're capable of doing that.”
The only one of this summer's new signings to miss out at Blaise Park was Karleigh Osborne, who was left out of the squad as a precaution against a minor injury, whilst a pair of trialists played for an hour in a final chance to impress the boss.
“He just got a wee bit of thigh strain in training yesterday,” said Derek, on Osborne, “so we just left him out today. We thought we would have everybody fit; it was just yesterday where he had a slight problem.
“It was good to have a look at [the trialists] today. They've been in and amongst the players for a week or so now, so it was good to see them in action. This was their last day today, so we'll have to make a decision one way or the other after that.”