Strong Mentality

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams praised his side’s togetherness following Saturday’s 3-3 with Bradford City at Home Park in Sky Bet League One.

The Pilgrims fell behind - the first of three times - in just the fourth minute, through City’s leading scorer, Jack Payne. Joel Grants strike was sandwiched in-between Freddie Ladapo’s 11th and 12th goals in the league, all hauling the Pilgrims back on terms and the boss has applauded their attitude.

“They are a team and a set of individuals that keep on going,” said Derek.

“They [the players] have got belief that they can get back into games, they have more belief than some people. To come back three times today, in a big game, shows the mentality of the squad. That mentality will see us keep pushing forward and picking up points.”

The story of our season was exhibited on Saturday, very much a case of taking one step forward but one back. The positive, however, is that we have gained a point on the teams we are chasing. 

“We are a point closer to the teams above us, we have closed the gap to 16th position, we are looking upwards and we will speak in a positive way," said Derek. "Other people will speak in a different way because we haven’t won the game. We haven’t won the game because of individual errors, not about teams passing the ball through us, not about a great goal.

“It was end to end at times and chances being created through good play and bad play at both ends. Obviously, Bradford coming away from home, they’ll be happy with a point. They may be disappointed because they were ahead three times. We are disappointed because we allowed them to quickly get ahead in the game.

“To go behind three times, we have shown, as a team, tremendous character to come back into the game. The way it went we could have won it at the end and we could have lost it as well.“

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