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Attack v Defence

Contrasting Elements in Draw with Bradford

8 December 2018

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams believes his side, in the forward areas, were at their irresistible best at times in the Sky Bet League One 3-3 draw with Bradford City on Saturday at Home Park.

However, defensive frailties were once again on show in a six-goal thriller, which saw Argyle come from behind three times, but the manner of the goals conceded was a worry. 

Freddie Ladapo grabbed another brace and Joel Grant also on target for Argyle, but loose play at the other end allowed Jack Payne to grab a double for Bradford, as well as George Miller notching for the visitors.

“It was an exciting game for League One football,” said Derek. “Attacking-wise, we were unbelievable at times today. We can open up teams, create chances, we have taken three today. We had a lot more opportunities to take.

“We have given them some really good opportunities, teams don’t play through us, we give away some really ridiculous goals.

“We have to change, that’s what has to happen. We can give people information, we can work with them but, sometimes, it’s either got to sink in or they have got to do it. At this moment in time we are giving away some really easy goals to the opposition.

“The concentration [has to be better], being smart with your head and that means that the process has got to go down from the brain to the feet very quickly, and that has not happened today.

“It has become a theme but, if you can’t keep the ball out at one end, then you have got a problem. We had a problem today where we have given them goals that were our mistakes really.

“I have got a number of injuries along that back-line, Joe Riley has come in and done fantastically well, it was another good performance from him. Gary Sawyer was on the bench but he hasn’t played for 12 weeks, Scott Wootton is out injured, [Jamie] Ness and Conor Grant as well.

“We are chopping and changing, we put [Ryan] Edwards back to centre half today with Niall Canavan, and [Yann] Songo’o into midfield because we haven’t got much left in the squad to change things at this moment in time.“

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