ADAMS: TITLE IS STILL ALIVE
PLYMOUTH Argyle manager Derek Adams insists his title-chasing side are still setting their sights on top spot – despite being held to a draw at Colchester United.
The Pilgrims suffered more frustration when they discovered League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers had lost 2-1 at Wycombe Wanderers.
Victory would have put them level with Darren Ferguson’s side.
Instead, they trail their pacesetting rivals by two points with just two matches left.
Adams admitted it was a missed opportunity but still felt it was a useful point on the road.
“I thought it was a very good performance and an excellent game,” he said.
“It was end-to-end and both teams wanted and went looking for the points, but we’ve had to settle for one apiece.
“We played very well in the first half and controlled large spells of it. The second half became a wee bit open and then we obviously knew the Portsmouth and Doncaster scores.
“It was all about trying to win but it was still a good point on the road and, with two games to go, we’re still in the race for the title. We’ve got two difficult games but so have Doncaster. Now we have to take the game to Crewe (next Saturday).
“Doncaster are still in a very good position.
“They’re two points ahead with two games to go and a better goal difference but we’ll see what happens next week.”
Both sides had chances during an exciting contest.
Colchester’s best effort was a miscued header from Chris Porter, after a left-wing cross from Brennan Dickenson.
Porter then screwed another low effort agonisingly wide, this time from Drey Wright’s cross.
Plymouth also had opportunities.
Antoni Sarcevic got clear down the right after being played in by Graham Carey.
However, his powerful shot flashed wide of the right-hand post.
The Pilgrims also went close after a corner from the left appeared to be deflected goalwards by U’s defender George Elokobi, before being safely gathered by Sam Walker.
Colchester boss John McGreal was disappointed his play-off chasing side as they failed to win but admitted being ‘as proud as punch’ with the display.
He said: “We’re still a win away from the play-offs, having looked at the other results and the table, and I was proud as could be with that performance.
“I thought we were excellent, from minute one all the way through. We were just missing the goals.
“Plymouth came for the win so it was a great match for the fans. We all love to win games of football but I was still delighted to take a point. “I’m as proud as punch. We’ve had one of the tougher runins.”
TAKE: The U’s Sam Walker HAVE SOME OF THAT! Colchester’s Drey Wright fires in a shot