Derek Knows the Score
ARGYLE’S 1-0 victory over Morecambe could well have turned out to be a more emphatic scoreline, but manager Derek Adams does not care about scores – only about wins.
The Greens took another step towards automatic promotion from Sky Bet League Two by grinding out a single-goal victory over one of the better sides in the division away from home. A quick start from Derek’s side helped create an intimidating atmosphere early, and Graham Carey capitalised on Argyle’s dominance by sweeping in a gorgeous 25-yard strike in the 17th minute.
“It was a fabulous finish,” said Adams. “He’s shown again today what a good player he is.
“We had shots on goal, we had crosses into the box – we had double figures [for] shots on goal today. I thought the players played with a great deal of confidence and it was a big win for us today.
“I thought that we started very brightly. In the first half, in particular, the way we passed the ball and created chances; it was one of the best performances I’ve seen here since I’ve been at the football club in the first half. We’re unfortunate not to have scored more goals.”
Having scored in each of their last twelve games on their travels, Morecambe, as anticipated, upped their game after the break. But, while other promotion-chasing sides have cracked against the Shrimps, Argyle stood firm to keep a clean sheet and carve out an eleven-point cushion inside the automatic promotion places, with just eight games to play.
“In the second half, Morecambe came out a bit and pushed on top of us,” said Derek, “and [we] dealt well with it. We could’ve played on the counter attack a number of times and scored, but we didn’t.
“They’ve only lost five or six games away from home. They’ve gone to the likes of Doncaster, Carlisle and Portsmouth, teams at the top of the table, and been able to draw with them. So it’s a fabulous win for us.
“We dug in. We’ve had a lot of travelling but we just knew how important the three points were today.
“It was up to us be resolute, then we’ve had a couple of opportunities to play on the counter-attack, but to keep a clean sheet again is very important. It was a very good game for us today.
“I’ll take 1-0 any day of the week. The three points is the most important thing.”