CAREY TOO MUCH FOR COB­BLERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Coleman

PLY­MOUTH have be­come Northamp­ton’s bo­gey team of late and af­ter Graham Carey inspired the visi­tors to a com­fort­able vic­tory, Cob­blers boss Chris Wilder ad­mits he is alarmed by the gulf be­tween the pro­mo­tion favourites.

Carey pounced on a mis­take by Ryan Wat­son shortly be­fore half-time to slot past Northamp­ton ‘keeper Adam Smith and score his third goal in four league games.

The play­maker has proven a shrewd sign­ing since join­ing from Ross County in the sum­mer and un­der­lined his all-round tal­ents by pro­vid­ing the cor­ner that led to Jake Jervis’ goal on 71 min­utes.

The hosts of­fered lit­tle in re­ply as their mis­ery was com­pounded in a send­ing off for Josh Le­lan in stop­page time af­ter a clumsy tackle on Craig Tan­ner re­sulted in a sec­ond yel­low card. Ar­gyle have now won the last five meet­ings be­tween the sides and af­ter fall­ing to back-to-back defeats this week, Wilder in­sists his side need to im­prove quickly if they are to sus­tain a pro­mo­tion bid.

“Wat­son has made a bad mis­take on the half­way line for the first goal and Carey has gone through to score and cap­i­talise on it,” said Wilder. “But af­ter that I don’t think we de­served to get any­thing out of the game.

“We lost a lot of belief very quickly, which is dis­ap­point­ing. I think from back to front we were very poor and our work off the ball wasn’t very good.

“The op­po­si­tion were a lot bet­ter than us, and they well and truly de­servedly beat us.

“We made re­ally bad de­ci­sions and played the way that we re­ally don’t want to play at this football club.

“If we had still been sat here till six or seven o’clock, we wouldn’t have got any­thing out of the game, and if we had then we wouldn’t have de­served too.”

Le­ices­ter loa­nee Wat­son was dis­pos­sessed on 39 min­utes by Carey on half­way, with the Ply­mouth sum­mer sign­ing rac­ing through to give the Pil­grims the lead.

With 20 min­utes left Ply­mouth dou­bled their lead as Carey’s cor­ner caused con­fu­sion in the Northamp­ton de­fence and Jervis poked the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner from close range.

Le­lan then saw red in added time to com­plete a com­fort­able af­ter­noon for the visi­tors, with man­ager Derek Adams’ only con­cern be­ing an ap­par- ent ham­string in­jury to Reuben Reid af­ter 15 min­utes.

“It was a very pro­fes­sional per­for­mance from start to fin­ish, we could have scored more, and we scored some good goals,” said Adams.

“I’m not sure about the in­jury to Reuben Reid, he just sig­nalled to the bench that he needed to come off.

“It was a good team per­for­mance, the back four were ex­cel­lent and we worked hard to keep another well de­served clean sheet.

“I’ve just looked at the re­sult and not the whole ta­ble just yet but we need to just keep mov­ing along.”

PIC­TURES: Mike Capps

IN THE NET: Jake Jervis chips in Ply­mouth’s sec­ond

ON THE WAY: Graham Carey cel­e­brates his goal

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