Handing It To Luke
DEREK Adams knows how important of Luke McCormick's penalty save in Argyle's 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra was, but feels his side were always in control of the match.
The Pilgrims' attempt to make it a 12th win in 14 league games looked in jeopardy for much of the first half at the Alexandra Stadium. After Alex Kiwomya's well-taken strike put the hosts ahead, James Jones earned his side a penalty.
McCormick was literally on hand, however, to save the spot kick and turn the momentum of the game on its head. Shortly afterwards, Craig Tanner worked himself into a pocket of space in the other penalty box and brought Argyle level by half time.
"Obviously the penalty save does change the way the game's going," said Derek. "I don't think Luke had a lot of saves to make in the game, but he made an important one with the penalty kick.
"It would have made it 2-0 for Crewe, but I still think we would get back into the game at some point in the match. I didn't see us losing the match today.
"We've got players that want to score goals. Tanner's goal in the first half was typical him: inside the 18-yard box and being able to take it on his left foot, onto his right, and a good finish.
"That's what happens in a game: you've got to take a chance when it comes along. We were obviously delighted to get it just before half time."
That momentum was carried into the second half, and Graham Carey's strike from inside the area, sixteen minutes from time, ensured Argyle recorded a seventh straight away win in the league. That is despite having to change things up in defence, with Yann Songo'o filling in at centre back for the injured Nauris Bulvitis.
"I think that [it was] a difficult afternoon, because they're quite quick and strong," said Adams, "but the two of them [Songo'o and Sonny Bradley] did well. It was a very good goal from Kiwomya; a good strike from him. Other than that, we defended strongly.
"We're obviously delighted. It's a good game to win. It's a tough place to come to - they're sixth in the league.
"We've played really well at times; we've had to because Crewe are a good side. They're direct, they're quick, but in the second half we got to grips with it and probably could've scored a couple more goals if we chose the right option."
Adams and his players paid tribute to the supporting Green Army after the game. With more than 1,100 fans making it to Crewe, the boss is still taken aback by the support he and the team receive.
"I couldn't believe the amount of fans we had today," said Derek. "We're looking across from our dugout and they've filled a whole stand. They have followed us on the road continuously, since I've been here and in years gone by as well. They've really had an enjoyable afternoon."