Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Incisiveness is the Goal

Pilgrims Seek to Convert Momentum into Reward

17 September 2018

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams does not believe his players are getting just reward for their efforts.

Saturday's 1-0 home Sky Bet League One defeat by Blackpool followed a 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers - both matches from which Derek believes Argyle deserved far more, although he did urge his players to find an incisive edge to their play.

“We need to score goals and we're not doing that,” he said, after Saturday’s game.

“We've had plenty of opportunities to do that today, and we're not just talking about the strikers. We're talking about set plays and midfielders as well.

“We've had opportunities, and until that turns – and it will turn, it always does – we won't get that win that our play deserves.

“It happened last week at Bristol Rovers, it happened today. Did Blackpool deserve to win the game? In my opinion, no, but we have got to be more clinical.

“We have dominated games in recent weeks and not been able to get the results or the wins that we deserve.”

Visitors Blackpool had the upper hand for the first quarter of the game, with Nathan Delfouneso creating problems on their right and starting the move from which Mark Cullen scored, but the Pilgrims were on the front foot for the remainder of the game.

Freddie Ladapo hit a post and Ryan Edwards was denied by a wonderful save from goalkeeper Mark Howard as the Seasiders stood firm against waves of Green pressure.

Derek said: “Blackpool caused us a bit of trouble. They got down the side of us and a couple of crosses in the box us and they got a goal from that.

“Once we stopped that tide with Delfouneso, we got a grip of it and it became better for us. In the second period, we went forward and created opportunities.

“We've had a number of close calls but we haven't been able to get that ball in the net. You could say that Blackpool defended well. They defended their box in numbers. We certainly had enough bodies in the box to get a goal.

“If we had run out 3-1 or 4-1 winners, then that would have been quite plausible because, as soon as we got a goal, we were in the momentum – Blackpool were going further and further back in the pitch – but we weren't able to get the goal.

“The supporters were right behind us until the final whistle – they were wanting us to get that goal – but unfortunately we didn't.

“You can't watch the play as the supporters do and for [us to] be camped in Blackpool's half and not expect us to score.”

Meanwhile, Derek will wait on the fitness of three players before Argyle’s next game, a visit to Charlton Athletic.

Centre-back Niall Canavan was substituted early against Blackpool with a suspected groin problem, while midfielders Jamie Ness and Conor Grant did not make the starting line-up after picking up injuries in training.

Like Niall, Jamie has a groin problem, while Conor is suffering from calf trouble.


Advertisement block