Ar­gyle claim county brag­ging rights

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

DEREK ADAMS warned Ply­mouth are on the march af­ter watch­ing his table­top­pers snatch Devon brag­ging rights with a ruth­less dis­play at strug­gling Ex­eter.

First-half goals from Gra­ham Carey and Paul-Arnold Garita sent the Pil­grims to a sev­enth straight win for the first time since 2004.

It was Adams’ first Devon derby league vic­tory and erased the pain af­ter Ex­eter com­pleted the dou­ble over their arch-ri­vals last sea­son.

The vic­tory ce­mented Ply­mouth’s place at the top of the ta­ble and, while Adams is not go­ing to get car­ried away, he is de­lighted with their swift rise up the ta­ble fol­low­ing back-to-back de­feats at the start of the cam­paign.

The Pil­grims boss said: “Devon is green and white now, purely green and white. It was a very good per­for­mance and we could have won by four or five.

“It was a hos­tile at­mos­phere and we coped re­ally well with that. We have got very good men­tal strength and we have come to a dif­fi­cult venue and taken all three points.

“It is not easy to win games in this league and we have won six on the trot in the league and one in the cup. Now we are putting our foot on the pedal and we need to keep go­ing.”

Ply­mouth made the early break­through af­ter good work from

Craig Tan­ner down the left saw the ball slid into Garita’s feet. The on­loan striker pulled the ball back for Carey, who planted a shot into the roof of the net to hand Ar­gyle the per­fect start.

Ex­eter strug­gled to han­dle the pace and power of Garita and the wiz­ardry of Carey through­out the first half.

Ply­mouth’s sec­ond goal saw Garita race on to Craig Tan­ner’s through ball, fend off the at­ten­tions of cen­tre-backs Luke Croll and Pierce Sweeney, and slide the ball past Bobby Ole­jnik. Ex­eter’s best move of the first half came on 42 min­utes af­ter Jack Stacey fizzed in a per­fect cross only for Rob­bie Simp­son to power a header over the bar from in­side the six-yard box. Ply­mouth mid­fielder Jake Jervis came off the bench eight min­utes af­ter the break and al­most made an in­stant im­pact, cut­ting in from the left and forc­ing Ole­jnik into a sprawl­ing save low down to his right. Jake Tay­lor squan­dered a glo­ri­ous chance to pull one back shortly af­ter the hour mark when he sent a free header past the post fol­low­ing an inch-per­fect cross by Joel Grant.

Ex­eter knew it wasn’t go­ing to be their day when Lee Holmes rat­tled the bar with a thump­ing drive as the hosts piled on the pres­sure.

But Ply­mouth stood firm to pre­serve their clean sheet and their bois­ter­ous band of 1,545 fans couldn’t re­sist the cheeky taunt at the fi­nal whis­tle: “There’s only one team in the Devon.”

Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale says he trusts his play­ers to re­vive their ail­ing for­tunes fol­low­ing a run of five games with­out a home win.

“I am re­ally proud of the play­ers for the way they kept go­ing,” he said. “We got un­done by two goals through the mid­dle of mid­field and that was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides.

“You have to score more goals than the op­po­si­tion, that’s the bot­tom line. But you also have to look at the long term and the progress of the team.

“I have won Devon der­bies and I have lost der­bies and there have been some where I have come in ab­so­lutely seething.

“But I said to the play­ers, ‘I trust in you and I be­lieve in you, you showed an aw­ful lot of guts in the way you played’.”

Paul-Arnold Garita (26) of Ply­mouth Ar­gyle cel­e­brates scor­ing a goal to give the vis­i­tors a 0-2

PIC­TURES: Pro Sports

Gra­ham Carey (10) of Ply­mouth Ar­gyle scores a goal to give the vis­i­tors a 0-1, cele inset


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