Feeling Strong

A STRONG team selection from Derek Adams produced strong performances from Argyle, securing a 2-1 win against Mansfield Town and a place in the Emirates FA Cup second round.

Despite preparing for a run of three games in eight days across a trifecta of competitions, the boss named an unchanged side at the One Call Stadium. The players responded with impressive showings all over the pitch, from attacking prowess to dominance in the middle of the park.

"I thought there was a lot of very performances from us today,” said Derek. “The likes of Jimmy Spencer up front was excellent at times. [Yann] Songo'o and [David] Fox in the middle of the park. It's important we have these players performing well.

"[Songo’o] plays in that area of the pitch where you need competitive players. He is that. He goes and wins headers. They were launching balls into areas so we needed a physical element to the team to see it through."

Before David Fox's first Argyle goal gave Argyle the win, Jordan Slew netted his fourth of the season with outstanding individual effort.

"Jordan's a strong boy," said Adams. "When he gets up and running at you, you've no chance. He can hit the ball past you and he can go both ways as well - the same as Graham Carey can do on the opposite side. So if you're a full back, you've got a problem.

"He's got power left and right, and it was an excellent finish low into the bottom corner."

Argyle's line-up and subsequent display shows that the club are giving the FA Cup their full attention this season, balancing it admirably with league and Checkatrade Trophy ambitions.

"We're obviously delighted to get through in a cup competition like the FA Cup," said Adams. "We've shown great respect today for it, because it's an important cup competition in this country. We're delighted to be through.

"I just think that sometimes we are devaluing some competitions, and we do make too many changes at times. I've done it in the past for the Checkatrade Trophy; we've just got to be careful what we do. This is an old, old competition and we've got to respect that.

"It's just nice to get through to the next round, and hopefully we can get a good tie that is good for the players. The players always want to play against the best sides."