Pil­grims han­dle Mariners with Care

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Matt Bam­sey

PLY­MOUTH boss Derek Adams sin­gled out Gra­ham Carey for spe­cial praise af­ter the mid­fielder tore Grimsby to shreds.

Carey took cen­tre stage in the ninth minute as he danced his way into the Grimsby box be­fore bend­ing the ball into the top cor­ner.

It set the tone for a first-half mas­ter­class from the 28-year-old as he teased and tor­mented the Grimsby de­fence.

In the end, Ply­mouth had to set­tle for a sin­gle goal as they stretched their un­beaten run to five games and pro­gressed into the sec­ond round of the FA Cup.

Pil­grims boss Derek Adams, who guided his side to a thir­dround clash with Liver­pool last sea­son, is hop­ing for a favourable draw next time out.

He said: “We were by far the bet­ter out­fit. We de­served to score a lot more goals than we did.

“Gra­ham Carey could have had an­other cou­ple of goals be­cause he was com­ing in from that right-hand side.

“It’s al­ways im­por­tant that you go on un­beaten runs. It was a tricky fix­ture for us – Grimsby have gone an un­beaten run and moved up their league.

“Hope­fully the draw will be kind to us be­cause there are a lot of good teams in the hat.”

Carey con­tin­ued to be at the heart of ev­ery­thing af­ter his stun­ning solo strike, set­ting up Joel Grant for a shot which de­flected off Nathan Clarke and flashed past the post.

The Ir­ish­man also forced James McKeown into a smart fin­ger­tip save be­fore the Mariners keeper de­nied Jake Jervis.

Not for the first time, Carey swept past Grimsby left-back Paul Dixon and planted an ef­fort a whisker past the post.

Ply­mouth were de­nied a penalty in the 55th minute when the ir­re­press­ible Carey went down un­der a chal­lenge from Dixon be­fore the vis­i­tors swept up the other end to en­gi­neer a glo­ri­ous chance.

Sam Jones crossed from the left and Mar­tyn Wool­ford, in acres of space in­side the Ply­mouth box, com­pletely missed the ball.

In the sec­ond half, Grimsby’s Siriki Dem­bele brought a div­ing save out of Remi Matthews but Ply­mouth held on to en­sure their progress,

Mariners man­ager Rus­sell Slade said: “Paul Dixon should have de­fended bet­ter for their goal. He could have nailed Carey out­side of the box.

“We flagged it up be­fore the game that he comes in­side onto his left foot.

“You ex­pect your play­ers to deal those sit­u­a­tions.”

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