PIL­GRIMS: BRING IT ON KLOPP

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

DEREK Adams breathed a sigh of re­lief as Ply­mouth warmed up for their mouth-wa­ter­ing FA Cup clash with Liver­pool by keep­ing their pro­mo­tion push on track.

The Pil­grims play host to Jurgen Klopp’s side in Wed­nes­day’s tele­vised third round re­play at Home Park af­ter hold­ing the Premier League gi­ants to a goal­less draw at An­field last week.

Adams saluted his play­ers for beat­ing a Steve­nage side who trav­elled south on the back of six wins from their last seven away games.

Adams, whose side re­main in sec­ond in the ta­ble, said: “It hasn’t been an easy week for us.

“We have got peo­ple talk­ing about the Liver­pool game and ev­ery­one had for­got­ten about Steve­nage.

“It was our job to con­cen­trate on that and, to be fair to the play­ers, they showed a lot of grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to get the re­sult.

“We can now look for­ward to Wed­nes­day. It is a big game for Ply­mouth Argyle and the whole city.

“It is im­por­tant to keep churn­ing out the re­sults.

“Steve­nage have done well away from home this sea­son. So to score four goals and get the win is very pleas­ing.”

Steve­nage stunned their hosts inside two min­utes af­ter Luke Wilkin­son headed Steven Schu­macher’s free-kick back into the six-yard box for Matt God­den to poke home.

Ply­mouth grabbed an equaliser on 36 min­utes when David Fox’s cor­ner was pushed out by Jamie Jones, only for Jor­dan Slew to bun­dle the ball home de­spite the best ef­forts of Dale Gor­man on the goalline.

The hosts struck again six min­utes later, Slew’s cross was poked into the dan­ger zone by Con­nor Smith for Jake Jervis to slam the ball into the roof of the net.

But the game took a new twist af­ter Schu­macher’s 30-yard free­kick bounced over the flail­ing McCormick and into the back of the net.

Yet the hosts were not to be de­nied as Carey’s thunderbolt from the edge of the box flew in via a de­flec­tion off Arnold Garita.

Sub­sti­tute David Good­willie sealed the out­come with a closerange fin­ish af­ter Ron­nie Henry’s block de­nied Nathan Blis­sett a de­but goal. Steve­nage boss Dar­ren Sarll said: “We con­trolled pos­ses­sion for large parts of the sec­ond half and we had enough chances to take a min­i­mum of a point. “We missed two open goals and that is the story of the sea­son. We should have taken more points along the way. “There is mas­sive dis­ap­point­ment but I don’t think too many teams will come here and open Ply­mouth up on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. “We are not a side that sits off and soaks things up. A lit­tle bit more clin­i­cal in front of goal and we come back with a point.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Gra­ham Hunt

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FAB FOUR: David Good­willie nets Ply­mouth’s fourth goal

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