White flag was only mind game says Adams

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

DEREK Adams be­lieves his mind games have worked to per­fec­tion this month as Ply­mouth moved into pole po­si­tion to seal the ti­tle.

Ryan Tay­lor can­celled out James Jones’ six­th­minute opener be­fore Nathan Blis­sett came off the bench to crash home a win­ning header.

The win saw Ar­gyle leapfrog Don­caster at the sum­mit and they will be crowned cham­pi­ons if they win at Grimsby next week­end.

Pilgrims boss Adams wrote off his side’s ti­tle chances fol­low­ing a 1-0 home de­feat to Ac­cring­ton at the start of April.

But he ad­mits he de­lib­er­ately waved the white flag early in a bid to force Donny to crack un­der the pres­sure.

Adams said: “The fact the ti­tle is in our own hands is fan­tas­tic and shows how well we have per­formed.

“I didn’t re­ally be­lieve we couldn’t win the ti­tle. I had to say it be­cause we wanted to put pres­sure on Don­caster.

“That is what you have got to do in that sit­u­a­tion. We now need to go to Grimsby and win.

“I was de­lighted to end with a vic­tory at home. We knew Crewe were weak height-wise, and we tried to ex­ploit that.

“For­tu­nately we got good crosses into the box and we know Nathan can score from there.”

Crewe raced into an early lead when Gary Miller headed Ge­orge Cooper’s cor­ner clear be­fore Jones fired into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The vis­i­tors al­most dou­bled their lead mid­way through the half but Cooper’s cross was tipped over by Luke McCormick.

Ply­mouth switched to a 4-4-2 for­ma­tion at half­time, but they were kept at bay un­til the 74th minute.

Gary Sawyer sliced a shot from the edge of the box but the ball fell kindly for Tay­lor, who pounced from closerange.

Five min­utes later Gra­ham Carey sup­plied a stun­ning cross for Blis­sett to power home a closerange header.

And Crewe man­ager David Artell felt his side were un­lucky.

He said: “We played ter­rif­i­cally well. I have con­grat­u­lated their man­agers and their play­ers, but you couldn’t tell who was go­ing up.

“We had bet­ter play­ers on the pitch and that is not sour grapes. Our dom­i­na­tion in the first half should have re­sulted in more goals.

“Their pres­sure in the sec­ond half was in­ces­sant, but they didn’t look like they were go­ing to score. They went di­rect and the ball has fallen to Tay­lor in the box, and then a great ball and free header.

“I’ve told the play­ers I am dev­as­tated for them be­cause they have given ev­ery­thing. De­spite noth­ing rid­ing on the game, this didn’t half hurt.”


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