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War and Set Pieces

1 February 2017

DEREK Adams rued the fact that his Argyle side had the majority of the play against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night...

...but conceded his side must do better from set pieces, as the Pilgrims succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.

Argyle were punished twice from set plays by the Glovers, as Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey steered home. The Pilgrims replied through a Jake Jervis free-kick that was met by Jakub Sokolik, but it was not enough to salvage anything from the game. 

"In the first half we had a good number of chances to go ahead in the game," said Derek, "but we have not taken them. We lost two soft goals in the second half. Overall we had the majority of the play but we have come away with a defeat.

"The chances we had in the first half with the set plays that we put in were very good. A couple cleared off the line, a couple blocked by them. We should have been ahead in the game, we should have probably been two or three nil up, but we were not. They have not had a shot on goal in the first half. In the second half we have lost two poor goals from crosses into the box.

"It is concerning because we have not dealt with them and there is two goals from them. We have got 11 players in the box and we have not dealt well with the ball. When you do not do that you are going to have an uphill task in the game. Saying that, we had three, four or five opportunities against Yeovil and they probably could have lost five or six from set plays tonight.

"We have not dealt well with the ball in the box and the players have to do better at that. You just have to deal with the ball coming into the box, it's not rocket science. The ball is there to be won and we have not done that.

Derek moved Yann Songo'o into midfield and introduced Sokolik at the heart of the defence to try and deal with Yeovil launching the ball forward.

"We had Songo'o in front to give us protection," said Derek. "We knew that Yeovil would launch the ball forward. I watched them on Saturday and that is what they do and we had to deal with that.

The Pilgrims missed the opportunity to catch up on Doncaster at the top of the table, and Derek admitted it was a missed opportunity. 

"It is. We have got two games in hand, one game now. Tonight was an opportunity because they did not play. We know that Yeovil with the difficult run they are on were going to come at us at some point."

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