COLE­MAN PIL­GRIMS

Jervis hands vis­i­tors the

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ned Bris­tow

AC­CRING­TON boss John Cole­man be­lieves a dra­matic late win over pro­mo­tion ri­vals Ply­mouth can help push his side into a timely run of form.

Jake Jervis headed Ar­gyle into an early lead, but Stan­ley clawed back to win through Billy Kee’s 85th-minute penalty and Shay McCar­tan’s stop­page-time win­ner.

Stan­ley were bang­ing on the door for the en­tire se­cond half, and Cole­man feels the last-gasp goals were just what his play­ers de­served.

“I’m de­lighted for them be­cause we took the game to Ply­mouth from the off,” said Cole­man.

“We kept go­ing and we kept try­ing to play the ball and pass it. We were pa­tient and I think we got what we de­served.

“We wanted to keep the back door shut se­cond half and didn’t want to con­cede again, but we wanted to try and pin them in as much as we could.

“It’s a mas­sive win for us. We’ve been on a bad run and you can quickly feel like the wheels are com­ing off – play­ers can lose heart. But that’s gal­vanised us.”

With both sides chas­ing pro­mo­tion they may have been af­forded a care­ful open­ing pe­riod, but it wasn’t to be as both sides carved out early chances.

Cheered on by 651 away fans who had made the gru­elling ten­hour round trip, Ply­mouth be­gan to turn the screw and took the lead in the 23rd minute.

Af­ter his ini­tial cor­ner kick was un­con­vinc­ingly cleared, Gra­ham Carey placed a beau­ti­ful se­cond cross onto the head of Jervis whose header looped in over Ross Etheridge.

From there the two-sided af­fair re­sumed, with Kee send­ing Sean McConville into the Ar­gyle six­yard box on the half hour only for Kelvin Mel­lor to usher the ball to safety.

Ply­mouth’s phys­i­cal­ity be­gan to show as the half wore on, with Reuben Reid out­muscling Mark Hughes and see­ing his 18-yard shot blocked while Jervis stood un­marked to his right.

The hosts fin­ished strong­est but failed to make pos­ses­sion count – Adam Bux­ton un­able to get the ball out of his feet in a penalty-box scram­ble four min­utes from time.

And they squan­dered a golden stop­page time chance to equalise, as Kee brought down Piero Min­goia’s cross ahead of Mel­lor but fired straight at Luke McCormick.

The se­cond half opened in the same vain, with Stan­ley forc­ing early chances. Sub­sti­tute McCar­tan’s cross just eluded the head of Kee, fall­ing to McConville who couldn’t re­act quickly enough to cause McCormick any prob­lems.

McCar­tan’s in­tro­duc­tion looked in­spired, and his close-range header from Min­goia’s dip­ping de­liv­ery flashed just past Ar­gyle’s near post.

Ply­mouth were still strug­gling to find their feet as the hour mark ap­proached, with only Reid’s snap­shot solo ef­fort pro­vid­ing re­lief for the vis­it­ing de­fence.

And they looked to be hold­ing firm against the Stan­ley bar­rage un­til Mel­lor flat­tened Kee in the box with five min­utes to play – the full-back dis­missed be­fore Kee brushed him­self off to con­vert the penalty.

Stan­ley con­tin­ued to push into added time, and in­tel­li­gent play from Min­goia af­forded Matty Pear­son the chance to whip in a cross which a div­ing McCar­tan steered

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