McCormick magic has Pil­grims purring

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

LUKE McCormick’s world-class save was a hot topic of de­bate as Ply­mouth pro­duced a classy counter-at­tack­ing dis­play to stun Charl­ton.

The Pil­grims keeper made a spec­tac­u­lar one­handed save to push Josh Ma­gen­nis’ closerange ef­fort on to the bar.

The first-half stop laid the foun­da­tions as Jake Jervis hit a sec­ond-half dou­ble to hand Ply­mouth all three points.

But it was McCormick’s sen­sa­tional save which proved the major talk­ing point.

Charl­ton boss Karl Robin­son said: “That has to be the one of the best saves I have ever seen live.”

And Pil­grims boss Derek Adams purred: “It was an un­be­liev­able save, ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

Charl­ton suf­fered an early scare when Ahmed Kashi sold Ben Amos short with a back pass and An­toni Sarce­vic al­most cashed in.

McCormick made a smart near post save to deny Ma­gen­nis be­fore com­ing to the res­cue with a mag­nif­i­cent piece of goal­keep­ing.

At the other end Charl­ton keeper Amos tipped Gary Sawyer’s ef­fort around the post be­fore block­ing a Jervis shot from the cor­ner.

Ply­mouth grabbed the lead on 53 min­utes when Jervis bun­dled in a close-range back-heel.

Charl­ton’s hopes of an equaliser were dashed af­ter McCormick plunged to his right to push away Kar­lan AhearneGrant’s shot.

But Ply­mouth sealed the win on the counter, Jervis rac­ing clear and fir­ing past Amos.

Adams heaped praise on match-win­ner Jervis, say­ing: “I am de­lighted to get the first win of the sea­son.

“Jake has done re­ally well scor­ing goals. He’s a threat be­cause of his pace but not only that be­cause his goalscor­ing abil­ity while I have been here through two years has been ex­cel­lent.

“I took him to my last club Ross County and was for­tu­nate enough to get him to come here as well.

“The all­round per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent.”

Robin­son ac­cused his side of miss­ing chances and switch­ing off at a set-piece to hand Ply­mouth the lead.

He said: “We should have won, we should have been out of sight in the first half.

“We knew that the only way they were go­ing to score was from a set-piece. We de­fended ev­ery­thing su­perbly and the one we switched off from, we got done.

“Their guy scores two goals and the man of the match was their keeper. Fair play to Ply­mouth they took their chances and we didn’t.”

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