The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Cole­man

DEREK ADAMS felt his Ply­mouth side got their pro­mo­tion push back on track with a Bank Holiday bang, as his loa­nee sign­ings did the busi­ness.

Chelsea loanne Jor­dan Houghton’s su­perb strike early on buoyed the visi­tors, be­fore a reck­less two-footed tackle from Alex Kenyon re­duced the Shrimps to ten men.

Jamille Matt wrapped up the three points soon into the sec­ond half and en­sured Ar­gyle fans who trav­elled more than 600 miles had some­thing to smile about.

The Pil­grims recorded their first away vic­tory since Jan­uary and Adams was over the moon with ev­ery as­pect of his side’s per­for­mance.

“No game is easy in this divi­sion, but here we have shown we can come away from home and do the busi­ness,” he said.

“I thought that it was a reck­less two-footed tackle and had to be a send­ing off, you just can’t tackle like that these days.

“We’ve been play­ing well and not turned the per­for­mances into goals, but to get 20 wins is very im­por­tant, and it’s good to see the loan play­ers mak­ing an im­pact and get­ting on the score­sheet.

“We’ve been in very good spir­its through­out the sea­son, and to be in the po­si­tion that we are in now with eight games to go we have to kick on and keep go­ing in the hunt for pro­mo­tion.”

Fleet­wood loa­nee Matt should have given the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers some­thing to smile about af­ter six min­utes when Carl McHugh slot­ted him through one-on-one, but the Ja­maican could only find the side net­ting.

The vis­it­ing Pil­grims were re­warded for a quick-fire start af­ter 14 min­utes when Houghton’s first-time strike from the edge of the area flew past young­ster Kieran O’Hara in the home goal.

For­mer Ar­gyle man Lee Molyneux could have pulled the Shrimps level five min­utes be­fore half-time when he con­nected with Shaun Bee­ley’s whipped cross, but his header went wide.

The strug­gling Shrimps went down to ten men min­utes be­fore the break, when a heavy twofooted tackle from Kenyon on McHugh saw the for­mer Everton man given his march­ing or­ders.

Matt dou­bled the Pil­grims lead just two min­utes into the sec­ond half when Jake Jervis’ drilled cross found him un­marked five yards out and the Ja­maican calmly slot­ted past O’Hara.

Shrimps sub­sti­tute Kevin El­li­son hit the cross­bar twice in the dy­ing min­utes. First a cheeky chip forced Luke McCormick to tip onto the wood­work be­fore El­li­son’s de­flected shot struck the wood­work once more.

And Shrimps boss Jim Bent­ley felt the re­sult summed up his side’s luck, say­ing: “Here I don’t think we started par­tic­u­larly well, but I think a lot of de­ci­sions went against us.

“We have a young back line and we have to give these boys a chance, we did look jit­tery and in­ex­pe­ri­enced early on but we have to look to the fu­ture.”

“Even one of Ply­mouth’s play­ers came up to me at the end and said in front of the ref­eree that it wasn’t a send­ing off and that it spoilt the game.”

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