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Midweek Weaknesses

8 March 2017

ARGYLE boss Derek Adams cannot understand his sides midweek malaise.

A 3-0 defeat to Blackpool made it a hat-trick of recent Tuesday night losses at Home Park for the Pilgrims; they have also been beaten by Leyton Orient and Notts County at Home Park in 2017. Derek says that he is not going to dwell on it as he thinks his side could have won some of the games to disturb the midweek losing streak his side are on.

"Looking at it," said Derek. "It is not possible to look in the cold light of day that there is anything different we do. We have changed things about over the weekend. It just happens to be that we have not been very good at home on a Tuesday evening.

"If you look at the Leyton Orient game we should have won the game. That makes it easier to make up something because it is a Tuesday night, because we haven't won. It is easier to write that than we could have won that game. I am not going to dwell.

"After Saturday's performance, to win 2-0 against Carlisle and also to take a draw against Luton [was encouraging]. Tonight we have lost and that is disappointing.

"We haven't done enough attacking for whatever reason. We have got a lot of attacking players on the pitch and we haven't been able to create the opportunities and get the better of the opposition. We had so many attacking players on the pitch both first-half and second-half."

Argyle played in their white away kit on this occasion; permissible once in a season per EFL rules. 

"It was to do with changing it for one game a season and that is what happened," said Derek. "There was no reason. Tonight was the night we were going to do it.

At half-time with Argyle two goals down and chasing the game, Derek made a double substitution, but he admits it had little effect.

"I took off both Jake (Jervis) and Matty (Kennedy) at half-time," said Derek. "We changed the shape of the team to try and see if we could get any forward momentum in the second-half.

"There probably wasn't anything that stood out. I thought first-half and second-half was much the same."

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