Pre-Season in the Bag

ARGYLE'S goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion ensured an unbeaten pre-season for the Greens, as Derek Adams' side passed a thorough defensive test.

The visit of Tony Pulis' Premier League side to Home Park bore no fruit, nor goals, as Argyle stood up resolutely to the challenge of a side in English football's top flight. Pulis put out a strong side, and Derek was full of praise for how professionally the Baggies took their trip to the south west.

"It was a very good performance from us today - like all our pre-season games," said Adams. "We came through it with flying colours. Overall it was another good workout for us.

"We coped well; it wasn't as if it was attack after attack, which was good from our point of view because we stopped it at the source.

"Stopping it at the source means we worked well as a front line, we made them play the ball long most of the time, and it was a good 90 minutes for us. We're never in awe. I think that we looked to do well against them, and I think today we did that.

"Coming down here and spending a few days, and supporting Plymouth Argyle and Torquay as well, it shows the manner of the man," Derek said of Pulis. "To do that for clubs he has obviously managed, with Plymouth Argyle: it's excellent."

The draw, 24 hours after Argyle returned from a successful tour of the Netherlands, caps off a successful pre-season schedule consisting of six wins and three draws through a mixture of different tests.

"We've enjoyed it," said Adams. "We had a very good week in Holland where we worked hard. We had an excellent game against Maastricht. Again today, [it was] a tough test for us and we've come through it.

"We're obviously delighted with the way that pre-season has gone. We've had tough opposition as we've gone, and we've been able to get everybody really good game time."