BOSS DEREK DELIGHTED AS ARGYLE PUT ON A SHOW
That’s 20 wins for the Pilgrims
DEREK Adams hailed a ‘complete performance’ as his Plymouth side moved a step closer to promotion with their 20th league win of the season. Graham Carey pounced on a mistake by Luke Joyce to grab a 21st minute opener – and fire his first league goal since December 10.
And Jake Jervis doubled the Pilgrims’ lead in first-half stoppage time after sending Mark Gillespie the wrong way from the spot.
Third-placed Carlisle had three goals disallowed as they suffered a third straight defeat and they have now won just three of their last 12 games.
Having bounced back from four games without a win, secondplaced Plymouth are eight points clear of Luton in fourth and boast a game in hand on some of their rivals.
Pilgrims boss Adams beamed: “I think it was probably one of the better performances we have had this season.
“It was a complete performance we scored two goals and kept a clean sheet. The win and three points are vital in this league.
“We have played second against fourth last weekend and got a point and this weekend we’ve played second against third and dealt well with the situation, and won.
“We were in control of the match for the majority of the game. We defended well and took our opportunities when they came along.
“Now we move on to Tuesday night’s game here against Blackpool but it won’t be easy because they are a side looking to push into those play-off positions.”
Carlisle started brightly and had two goals ruled out within the space of a minute.
Jamie Proctor had clearly strayed too far as he headed home from close range after Plymouth only partially cleared a Carlisle corner. The second decision was closer, with Reggie Lambe’s header from a Nicky Adams cross ruled out for offside. The double scare sparked Plymouth into life and Ryan Taylor latched on to Gary Sawyer’s cross only to see his looping header come back off the crossbar. But the home side broke the deadlock after Joyce played a suicidal pass across the pitch. Carey took advantage, swapping passes with Taylor before steering the ball past Gillespie for his 11th goal of the season.
On the half-hour mark, Carey forced Gillespie into a smart fingertip save with a curling 25-yard free-kick.
Referee Mark Heywood took centre stage on the stroke of halftime after ruling Shaun Brisley had gone over the top of Taylor and pointed to the spot. Jervis made no mistake, sending the keeper the wrong way for his tenth goal of the season.
Second-half substitute Jabo Ibehre was pulled up for handball – and received a yellow card – as he converted Nicky Adams’ cross.
The match entered a lull in goalmouth incident until Jervis let fly with a blistering angled effort which scraped the top of the crossbar in the 76th minute. Plymouth looked more likely to add to their tally, Ryan Donaldson forcing Gillespie into a comfortable save before the keeper dived to his left to keep out David Fox’s skidding drive.
Cumbrians boss Keith Curle said: “We are being punished for silly mistakes. We have come to a good team and, footballing wise, there was nothing in the game.
“These errors need to be eradicated and some of our decision-making has to improve.
“This is the time when you find out exactly what we have got in the changing room.
“Other teams are getting the rub of the green at the minute and I am sure it will be our turn soon.”
THREAT: Plymouth’s Antoni Sarcevic fires in a shot
HE’S BACK: Graham Carey opens the scoring with his first goal since December INSET: Jake Jervis doubles lead
STAR MAN DAVID FOX Plymouth A