ARGYLE enter Christmas Day with a familiar feeling of frustration after conceding three swift second-half goals to Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One.
Sam Finley, Sean McConville and Jordan Clark were on target for the visitors, but Argyle manager Derek Adams was left ruing missed chances at the other end of the pitch.
While it was a disappointing day for the Pilgrims and defensive errors must be eradicated, the chance for redemption comes very quick with the trip to Wimbledon on Boxing Day.
“A strange game, we had a load of attempts at goal and lost 3-0. If you can’t defend well enough and don’t take your chances, the amount of chances we had today, it should have been enough to win the game,” said Derek.
“They scored against the run of play and a poor goal from our point of view. They quickly got another two but we had chance after chance, which was either blocked or saved by the goalkeeper, so a strange game today.
“We had the bulk of the play, 0-0 at half-time, and either side would have thought they could have been ahead. You’ve got to score and we had very good situations when we’ve not been able to score.
“We’re not scoring enough goals with the chances we’re creating and allowing the opposition t get goals out of nothing. Today was a prime example because we had the better opportunities, especially at the start of the first half, but you’ve got to take them.
“The manner of the goals were too easy and the two centre-halves were to blame, simple as that. They’ve got to do better; the first one was a flick-on that anybody could score but the other two were preventable.
“We defended well at times but then gave away three goals. If we’d taken our opportunities, then we would have scored the same number, or more, as them.
“The game is simple: you defend one goal and score in the other. We came off a very good away win and obviously didn’t want to lose today. We’ve had a lot of good opportunities in the game and they’ve been more clinical than us.
“We are working hard to win, we would have all loved to win today and have a nice Christmas Day. Unfortunately, we haven’t, and we need to work even harder to rectify that.”