DEREK SAYS TI­TLE’S OUT OF REACH

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

DEREK ADAMS claims Ply­mouth’s ti­tle dream is in tat­ters af­ter his side suf­fered a fourth home de­feat in their last six games.

Jor­dan Clark grabbed the only goal as Accrington stretched their un­beaten run to 12 games, and moved within seven points of the play-offs.

The Pil­grims trail lead­ers Don­caster by six points but still boast a ten-point cush­ion on fourth-placed Steve­nage.

Yet Adams warned his side must im­prove if they are to clinch au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

“It is a wake-up call for ev­ery­one at the club, not just the play­ers,” he said.

“We have got 75 points but the teams be­low us have won and closed the gap. We have got six games to go so there is still a lot to play for.

“But we are out of the ti­tle race now. Six points be­hind Don­caster, who have a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence, means the ti­tle is out of the ques­tion.

“We have to make sure we gain au­to­matic pro­mo­tion but we have to play a lot bet­ter than we did here.

“We didn’t de­fend the free­kick very well and it gave them some­thing to hold on to.”

Accrington came fly­ing out of the traps and broke the dead­lock with the first chance of the match in the eighth minute.

Sean McConville sup­plied a tan­ta­lis­ing free-kick and Clark glanced a deft header past Luke McCormick for his first league goal of the sea­son.

Ply­mouth failed to heed the warn­ing signs and Shay McCar­tan swept through the heart of their de­fence, only to be de­nied by the legs of Luke McCormick. But the vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to threaten and Clark’s cross gifted Billy Kee a glo­ri­ous chance but he planted a free header straight at McCormick.

Ply­mouth stirred mid­way through the first half and An­toni Sarce­vic forced a stun­ning one-handed save out of Marek Ro­dak.

Accrington then al­most dou­bled their lead in the 52nd minute when Matty Pear­son’s vol­ley clipped the cross­bar.

Af­ter Os­car Threlkeld headed waste­fully over, Ply­mouth laid siege to the Stan­ley goal but Ro­dak’s hero­ics foiled Yann Songo’o, Gra­ham Carey and Ryan Tay­lor.

And Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man has not given up hope of his side mak­ing a late charge for the play-offs.

“A lot of peo­ple thought our sea­son was dead four or five weeks ago, but we want to fin­ish as high as we can and ev­ery game means a lot,” he said. “Maybe we can sneak through the back door this year.

“We have got to amass as many points as we can now. We are 12 games un­beaten and we have looked a threat in all of those games. We started this game re­ally well and the play­ers car­ried out the game

plan to the let­ter.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Gra­ham Hunt

JOY: Jor­dan Clark cel­e­brates CRU­CIAL: Jor­dan Clark nets the only goal of the game for Accrington

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