Pilgrims on top thanks to Boateng
PLYMOUTH boss Derek Adams sounded a note of caution after the Pilgrims leapfrogged Wycombe to the league summit thanks to a late winner from Hiram Boateng.
Reuben Reid netted his third goal of the season to put the Pilgrims in front after the hosts dominated the first half.
Crawley stirred after the break and Roarie Deacon thought he had rescued a point for the Red Devils with a closerange finish.
But Boateng, on loan from Crystal Palace, capped a stunning performance with a well-taken winner after he was the first to react to Graham Carey’s parried free-kick.
The win put Plymouth on top of a table for the first time since 2004.Yet Adams was not about to get carried away by his side’s impressive start to the campaign.
He said: “There is a long way to go and there is no way we will get carried away.
“We are 11 games into the season but things are moving along very nicely.
“It is close at the top of the table but we are showing the capabilities we have got.
“We were outstanding in the first half and created many opportunities. We conceded a scrappy goal but showed real desire from the free-kick to get the winner.
“It was a great followup from Boateng and I am delighted he has got his first goal.”
It won’t be long before Carey starts alerting higher league clubs such has been the impact he has made since his summer switch from Ross County.
And he nearly added to his scrapbook of stunning strikes with an outrageous, angled volley that swerved past the far post.
Plymouth got the goal their pressure deserved two minutes before the break when Carey threaded a delightful through ball into Reid and he held off Josh Yorwerth before slotting home. The Pilgrims were left to rue missed chances on 85 minutes after Deacon came off the bench to snatch an equaliser.
Matt Harrold’s header from Simon Walton’s freekick was tipped on to the post by Luke McCormick only for Deacon to bundle home the rebound.
But four minutes later Carey’s 25-yard free-kick was parried by Freddie Woodman straight into the path of Boateng, who tucked home.
Crawley boss Mark Yates said: “We weren’t great in the first half but I thought our second half performance deserved a
point. To score and not come away with something is very hard to take. But that is how things are going for us at the moment.We can’t come off feeling sorry for ourselves because you will get beaten time and time again.”