SIX APPEAL FROM CAREY!
He’s signing of summer says boss after he nets yet another goal
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.”
OPENER: Graham Carey takes just two minutes to put Plymouth ahead
Craig Tanner celebrates scoring Plymouth’s second goal