1st March 2017
ARGYLE manager Derek Adams branded Notts County's winning goal against Argyle as a 'bad mistake' and claimed that multiple players were to blame for the goal that condemned his Pilgrims to defeat.
The Argyle manager remained consistent in his criticism of his teams performance against Notts County after some sloppy defending let Jorge Grant tap home the winner into an empty Argyle goal.
"It is not unfortunate," said Derek of the Notts County goal. "It is a bad mistake from a number of people. It is a poor goal to lose. It is poor play from us that gives away the goal. A number of players are culpable in that and it should have been dealt with.
"We did not do enough in the game. In the first period Graham Carey put three crosses across the six yard box and we did not have anyone there to go and take it. That was the period of the game that we looked strong. To lose the game in the manner that we did was really poor.
"I thought it was an extremely poor performance from us tonight. I did not think we played well. From the start of the game we were very slack and allowed Notts County to get a goal.
"We didn't start well enough. I thought the start to the game was slow and wasn't on the ball. Really, we were slack in possession and we were slack about getting around the pitch. We didn't run. We didn't keep the ball well enough and that is the reason."
Argyle nearly had the opportunity to rescue a point when Jordan Slew went down under a Josh Clackstone tackle, but the ref booked Jordan for diving. Derek did not see the incident clearly, but reaffirmed that his side did not deserve anything from the game.
"I did not see it well enough from where I was," said Derek. "I did see him going through between bodies. But tonight we did not deserve anything from the match. Could we have got a point? Yes, we could have got a point. But we did not deserve it. I thought it was a very poor performance from us tonight."
The Pilgrims had a few half-chances with crosses into the Notts County box, but none of the crosses were met by anyone and went untouched.
"We had a couple of players in the box and we just didn't get on the end of it," said Derek. "We did not really create enough chances. It is probably as poor of a performance as we have had this season."