White flag was only mind game says Adams
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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