Adams joy as Sonny shines at the death

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

DEREK ADAMS breathed a huge sigh of re­lief as his gam­ble paid off and Ply­mouth moved up to third thanks to a fourth straight win.

The Pil­grims boss used all three of his sub­sti­tu­tions with 37 min­utes still re­main­ing in a bid to break Chel­tenham’s stiff re­sis­tance.

And he was re­warded when cen­tral de­fender Sonny Bradley popped up in in­jury time to head the win­ner.

Adams beamed: “It was a good vic­tory and we got what we de­served. It was dif­fi­cult for both teams in the rain but we had more chances than Chel­tenham.

“They were soak­ing up the pres­sure and we needed to go for the jugu­lar in the sec­ond half.

“I took a gam­ble by mak­ing all my changes with 37 min­utes still to go. It was def­i­nitely a risk but thank­fully it paid off.

“That is three clean sheets in the league now and we look like scor­ing goals.

“Grind­ing out wins is im­por­tant although the longer it goes on, the harder it be­comes.”

It took un­til the 20th minute for a shot on tar­get with David Good­willie bundling a weak ef­fort straight at Robins keeper Rus­sell Grif­fiths.

Yet the traf­fic was oth­er­wise flow­ing in the other di­rec­tion as the vis­i­tors, thanks to their sharp move­ment and crisp pass­ing, car­ried the greater threat.

Robins striker Danny Wright swept past Nau­ris Bul­vi­tis and forced Ply­mouth keeper Luke McCormick into a smart save at his near post.

Where Chel­tenham were the bet­ter side in the first half, so Ply­mouth wrested the ini­tia­tive af­ter the break.

Good­willie came close to break­ing the dead­lock af­ter his fierce ef­fort was pushed around the post by Grif­fiths.

New sign­ing Paul-Arnold Garita, who ar­rived on loan from Bris­tol City on dead­line day, brought a div­ing save out of Grif­fiths with a hooked ef­fort.

Chel­tenham al­most nicked it in the 84th minute but Asa Hall’s half-vol­ley came back off the post.

But Ply­mouth had the fi­nal say af­ter Bradley ghosted to the back post to head home Os­car Threlkeld’s cross.

Chel­tenham boss Gary John­son said: “We are very dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated. It is not easy to come to Ply­mouth but we looked quite solid and did OK.

“We frus­trated them in the first half and had a cou­ple of chances which their keeper saved. We hit the post in the sec­ond half. But they had that ex­tra bit of qual­ity at the end.”

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