THWART THE ‘BEST TEAM’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Thorpe

PLY­MOUTH Ar­gyle boss Derek Adams praised his ta­ble-top­ping side’s grit af­ter they bat­tled their way to vic­tory against Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

Reuben Reid struck his fourth goal in as many games for the Pil­grims with 25 min­utes re­main­ing to seal vic­tory for Ar­gyle, who re­main three points ahead of the chas­ing pack in League Two.

Adams said:“It was an­other good win and an­other three points and now we move on to the next game.

“I thought we had a lot of chances for and against and both teams re­ally went for it.

“Luke McCormick’s made a num­ber of good saves and we had a lot of ef­forts on goal as well.

“You’ve got to be res­o­lute, be able to score goals and keep clean sheets in this league and we’ve done all of that.

“I didn’t have to say too much at half-time, just that we needed to tighten up in mid­field as I thought we were be­ing too di­rect be­fore then and in the sec­ond half I thought we passed the ball much bet­ter and were far more con­fi­dent.

“Ac­cring­ton played very well and showed why they are in the top five but we want to be top, win ev­ery game and it is a dif­fi­cult league but we’ve given our­selves a very good start.”

But Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley boss John Cole­man be­lieves his side didn’t get their just desserts - and are the ‘best team in the league’.

The Lan­cas­tri­ans dom­i­nated large parts of the game and had goal­keeper Luke McCormick to thank for keep­ing them in the match.

Sean McConville hit the cross­bar twice dur­ing the 90 min­utes while Josh Win­dass and winger Piero Min­goia caused prob­lems all game for the defence.

How­ever, Ar­gyle dug in and held out for the vic­tory.

“I said to a cou­ple of the lads on the bench just be­fore half-time, when we had that spell when we were all over them, that no mat­ter what the score was, we will be putting a marker down for the rest of the sea­son,” said the Stan­ley man­ager.

“I truly be­lieve we are the best team in the league and they, Ar­gyle, are top, but we played bet­ter than them and they know it.

“We couldn’t have played any bet­ter and some­times the best team doesn’t al­ways win.

“If we keep play­ing like that for the rest of the sea­son, we will win the league by 15 points, maybe ten.

“I thought we were streets ahead of them in ev­ery depart­ment, ex­cept maybe fin­ish­ing, and there seemed to be a force­field around their goal.

“The way Reuben Reid scored was the only way they were go­ing to do so.

“It was like he was play­ing Bat­tle­ships, went on D8 and found a bat­tle­ship.”

Plenty of chances were cre­ated in an elec­tric first half and mainly fell to Stan­ley, with McCormick hav­ing to make world-class saves from ef­forts to deny Matt Crooks, McConville, who also hit the bar, and Min­goia.

Adams made a cou­ple of changes at half-time to his Ar­gyle side and one of them, Gra­ham Carey, proved piv­otal in their even­tual win.

He gal­vanised the Pli­grims’ at­tack­ing threat and was the sup­plier of the left-wing free-kick which Stan­ley failed to clear, al­low­ing Reid to rasp a half-vol­ley into the top cor­ner and put the home side ahead.

Ac­cring­ton surged for­wards, but McConville hit the wood­work again and Win­dass wasted a golden chance as he sent a shot over.

In the end, it was Ply­mouth left cel­e­brat­ing an­other three-point haul, while Cole­man’s troops headed back home with pride in­tact – but point­less.

GOOD WORK: Striker Reid takes the ac­claim as his sec­ond half goal hands his side a huge three points

STAR MAN JOSH WIN­DASS

Ac­cring­ton

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