Technically Sound

A PAIR of terrific team goals enabled Argyle to secure a sixth straight win of the season, as a 2-1 victory over Cambridge United was just reward for a slick passing performance.

The Greens have now strung together the club's best winning run in a season for over a decade, combining a clutch of different styles and tactics to win six on the spin. This time round at Home Park, it was class and technical ability that was on display.

After just nine minutes, Graham Carey smashed home Argyle's opener. Excellent work from Jordan Slew on the left flank saw him slide a pass through the legs of a defender to Ben Purrington. The left back tight-roped the byline and cut a pass back to Carey, who fired in to give Argyle a deserved lead.

"It was good play down the side," said Derek. "Jordan Slew did really well and cut back for Ben Purrington, and he found Graham Carey just running into the edge of the box and put it in the top corner."

More chances fell Argyle's way after that, but just before the hour-mark, another set of pin-point passes were clinically finished off, this time from Slew. Beginning the move from the back, Oscar Threlkeld and Craig Tanner linked up down the right, before Tanner slid a low ball across the box for Slew to tap in his first goal of the season.

"It was a good move," said Adams. "We had chances in the first half to have made it more.

"Craig Tanner made a good cross into the box, and a fabulous finish from Slew, who looked very lively throughout the afternoon."

A late reply from Medy Elito halved the deficit late on for Cambridge, but Argyle's dominant display, on a surface ideal for their eye-catching style of football, made sure the Pilgrims secured the win - and top spot in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

"We've got a lot of good technical players," said Derek, "and that suited us today because the pitch is in fabulous condition. It allows us to pass the ball forward and around. We controlled the game for large spells of the game.

"Last year around December time, it tailed off, but at the start of the season, it was very good. It has allowed us to play the way we want to play, and keep possession of the ball. We've got players that are capable of doing that."