SIX AP­PEAL FROM CAREY!

He’s sign­ing of sum­mer says boss af­ter he nets yet an­other goal

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

DEREK Adams de­scribed mid­field ace Gra­ham Carey as the most cre­ative player in League Two af­ter his Ply­mouth side opened up a five-point cush­ion at the top of the ta­ble.

The 26-year-old mid­fielder, signed from Ross County in the sum­mer, played an in­stru­men­tal role in the Pil­grims mak­ing it seven wins from their last eight games.

There was just 70 sec­onds on the clock when Carey lashed home an un­stop­pable left-footed shot from 20 yards for his sixth goal of the sea­son.

And the hosts dou­bled their lead on 12 min­utes thanks to an­other ex­quis­ite fin­ish from on-loan Read­ing striker Craig Tan­ner.

But Adams sin­gled out Carey af­ter the match and has no doubts over just how good his sum­mer sign­ing is turn­ing out to be.

He beamed: “I don’t think we have seen a more cre­ative player in League Two. He can score goals, cre­ate chances and he has been a top player for us this sea­son.

“We have got a real cre­ative spark in our team and a hard­ness not to con­cede goals.

“All we want to do is keep pick­ing up points and fo­cus on win­ning the next game. But we will keep our feet on the ground.

“That is the 11th game we have won this sea­son, which a very good

points to­tal from our open­ing fix­tures. Now it is about keep­ing that mo­men­tum go­ing.”

Ply­mouth got off to a dream start thanks to a stun­ning fin­ish from Carey. The mid­fielder, named PFA fans’ player of the month for Au­gust/Septem­ber, found him­self in acres of space 25 yards out be­fore curl­ing a crisp ef­fort into the far cor­ner as Morecambe keeper Barry Roche re­mained rooted to the spot.

The hosts dou­bled their lead on 12 min­utes with an­other stun­ning fin­ish. There looked to be lit­tle dan­ger when Tan­ner col­lected pos­ses­sion on the right, but his de­light­ful, bend­ing shot shaved the in­side of the post be­fore nestling in the net. The vis­i­tors, who ar­rived as the lead­ing goalscor­ers in all four di­vi­sions, were strug­gling to break down the mean­est defence in the league.

Tom Barkhuizen lashed a vol­ley past the post and Morecambe’s best spell of pass­ing ended with Shaun Miller curl­ing an ef­fort into the arms of Luke McCormick.

The home side con­tin­ued to press and Pe­ter Hart­ley fired into the sidenet­ting af­ter Bee­ley made a hash of clear­ing Carey’s cor­ner and Tan­ner forced a fin­ger-tip save out of a div­ing Roche. Barkhuizen was do­ing his best to haul Morecambe back into the con­test but his first ef­fort was blocked be­fore the sec­ond flew over the bar.

Ply­mouth re­dis­cov­ered their pass­ing flu­ency af­ter a slick move ended with Kelvin Mel­lor cross­ing for Ryan Brunt to glance a header wide.

Mo­ments later Jake Jervis laid the ball off to Carey and he blasted a frac­tion past the post.

Carey once again led Morecambe a merry dance be­fore burst­ing for­ward and then un­leash­ing a fierce shot that was pushed away by Roche.

Brunt then timed his run to per­fec­tion to break the Morecambe off­side trap, rounded Roche but could only send the ball over the bar from an acute an­gle.

Shrimps sub­sti­tute Paul Mullin wasted a glo­ri­ous chance to throw his side a life­line when he waste­fully lifted the ball over the top from close range.

Morecambe boss Jim Bent­ley said: “We had worked on stop­ping Carey and Tan­ner get­ting on to their left foot and we didn’t do it.

“We didn’t de­serve to get any­thing out of the game. That is a lit­tle bit down to them be­ing as good as they were and us not help­ing our­selves.

“We have been ex­cel­lent away from home and we have not been beaten in a year when we have set off on a Fri­day for an overnight stay.

“That is an un­be­liev­able statis­tic at any level but we have got to be bet­ter de­fen­sively.We switched off at key mo­ments and that has cost us.”

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