ADAMS: TI­TLE IS STILL ALIVE

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

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.”

PIC­TURES: TGSPHOTO

TAKE: The U’s Sam Walker HAVE SOME OF THAT! Colch­ester’s Drey Wright fires in a shot

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