PIL­GRIMS ARE BACK ON TRACK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

BOSS Derek Adams la­belled ti­tle-chas­ing Argyle’s per­for­mance as the ‘best of the sea­son’.

Ply­mouth had won one of their last six matches, threat­en­ing to de­rail their run to the top three.

But sec­ond-half goals from Sonny Bradley and Gra­ham Carey got them back on track and con­demned play-off-chas­ing Mans­field to their sec­ond de­feat in 14 matches.

Adams said: “It was a top­class per­for­mance from a group who have done ex­cep­tion­ally well this sea­son.

“The 11 who started and the 11 who fin­ished were ter­rific. It was out­stand­ing, our best of the sea­son.”

Mid­fielder Carey was the Argyle smash-and-grab hero with two mo­ments of qual­ity from set pieces that pun­ished Mans­field for wast­ing a hat­ful of chances – in­clud­ing six in the open­ing 26 min­utes.

Bradley headed in Carey’s dinked 69th-minute free-kick at the far post – Argyle’s first ef­fort on tar­get. Five min­utes later Carey curled in a 25-yard free-kick to se­cure sec­ond­placed Argyle’s 11th away win.

Adams added: “Carey is the best player in the league, there is no doubt about it. He has got the abil­ity to play and is the most tal­ented and cre­ative.

“He has played a lot of games this sea­son and has a lot of as­sists and a lot of goals. He has done well for us, but other play­ers in the team and the substitutes did well also.

“To come here, keep a clean sheet and score two goals tells you how good an af­ter­noon it was.”

Mans­field had 15 at­tempts at goal – eight on tar­get – com­pared to Argyle’s three, but are with­out a goal in three matches.

Boss Steve Evans said: “I feel sorry for my play­ers. There was only one team play­ing proper football and one team making all the chances.

“Then our cen­tre backs don’t pick up from a set play and they take ad­van­tage, which is what good teams do.

“The sec­ond goal is one wor­thy of win­ning any game at any level. It was a piece of qual­ity from a top player at this level.

“Our in­abil­ity to take a chance is prov­ing costly. They were not halfchances, they were good chances – we ab­so­lutely slaugh­tered them.

“It’s the low­est I’ve felt since I be­came gaffer here.”

Mans­field could have been two goals up in the open­ing three min­utes. Matt Green failed to head in a Ben White­man cross and Alex MacDonald was de­nied by Luke McCormick.

In the ninth minute Green’s lob was clawed away by McCormick and the keeper then held MacDonald’s first­time vol­ley. White­man wasted two fur­ther first-half op­por­tu­ni­ties, scoop­ing over and then side-foot­ing wide from 12 yards.

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