ARGYLE manager Derek Adams is delighted with not only the substance, but also the style, of the Greens’ recent football.
Unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three, Argyle have scored nine goals since their 1-1 away draw with Burton Albion in December, leading Derek to heap praise on his attack-minded side. Walsall visit Home Park in Sky Bet League One tonight and the message will be for more of the same.
“They’ve all been brought to the football club to play attractive football to get supporters off their seats,” said Derek. “It’s an entertainment business and I think that we’ve got a very entertaining team when they’re on their game.”
Currently leading the Pilgrims’ goalscoring chart is Freddie Ladapo, although Ruben Lameiras, with six in four games, is hot on his heels.
“He [Ruben] has got the willingness to go and play short balls with different players, he feeds off Freddie Ladapo very well, and he’s done it with Graham Carey and [Antoni] Sarcevic this year as well,” said Derek.
“Not only that, but the likes of David Fox and [Yann] Songo’o can also find him with a pass, and that’s helped his game. He’s always been a threat in front of goal, he’s an extremely skilful individual and we’re delighted that he’s been able to score as many goals as he has.”
While Ruben is rightly receiving the plaudits right now, Derek believes it’s just a matter of time before others, like last-season’s top-scorer, Graham Carey, also get in on the action.
After a slow start to the season, the Argyle manager is pleased to see his team achieving the results their hard work has merited, often without reward, earlier in the campaign.
“Antoni Sarcevic has scored from midfield, Graham’s only scored three so far this season, so he’ll come good at some point,” said Derek. “I think, even at set plays, we’ve got to score a few more goals from them because we’ve got good height.”
“We have played well a lot of times this season but haven’t had the results we’ve deserved. When the confidence is high, as it is at this moment in time, it’s important that we get the wins.”
“We’ve gone on a four-game unbeaten run, we probably should have more than that. We continue to move ahead.”