The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Colin Hen­rys

SMASH-AND-GRAB Ply­mouth climbed off the bot­tom of the ta­ble thanks to Jake Jervis’ goal at Brad­ford, and Derek Adams in­sists the win was no more than Argyle de­served.

The hosts twice hit the wood­work and Argyle goal­keeper Remi Matthews saved Tony McMa­hon’s penalty as the visi­tors hung on to ex­tend their un­beaten run to six games.

But Adams was keen to down­play the im­por­tance of va­cat­ing 24th po­si­tion, with plenty more work on the way for his side.

“It was a very good per­for­mance from us,” he said. “We de­fended very well and have come away with what we de­served – three points.

“You need to score goals, and we scored one more than Brad­ford – that’s why we’ve won.

“Over­all, I thought it was a top per­for­mance against a team who prob­a­bly ran out of ideas.

“It’s a long, long sea­son. We want to con­tinue pro­gress­ing and we’ll do that. We’ve got a good group of play­ers and their work ethic is out­stand­ing.”

Char­lie Wyke had two chances to give Brad­ford the lead on 24 min­utes, head­ing against a de­fender when wellplaced from Nicky Law’s cross be­fore shoot­ing just wide when the ball was worked back to him.

Ply­mouth cre­ated very lit­tle in re­sponse but scored from their first mean­ing­ful chance on 35 min­utes when David Fox re­leased Lionel Ainsworth on the right and Jervis slid in to con­vert his cross from closerange.

The Ban­tams pushed for an im­me­di­ate re­sponse and Matthews ac­ro­bat­i­cally tipped Paul Tay­lor’s chipped ef­fort over in the 40th minute.

Tay­lor went even closer in first-half stop­page time, un­leash­ing a fierce strike from 30 yards out, which Matthews tipped onto the bar and over.

The hosts con­tin­ued to cre­ate the bet­ter chances and sub­sti­tute Tyrell Robin­son found Jake Reeves on 57 min­utes, who let the ball drop be­fore un­leash­ing a halfvol­ley which clat­tered the bar and bounced clear.

McMa­hon had Brad­ford’s best chance to level when An­thony Tay­lor-Sin­clair was judged to have pulled Ro­main Vincelot’s shirt in the area on 77 min­utes but Matthews par­ried the penalty wide low to his right.

Brad­ford boss Stu­art McCall ad­mit­ted: “It’s one of those days. It’s hugely dis­ap­point­ing and hugely frus­trat­ing, nat­u­rally, but in the sec­ond half, we couldn’t have asked for much more.

“Once they got the first goal, they were go­ing to sit in and they’ve done it well.

“The least you’ve got to do is try and keep a clean sheet at home but Ply­mouth did what they had to do to win the game.

“Of course you want to win at home but I think ev­ery­one will re­alise we didn’t get what we de­served.

“But that’s foot­ball.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ALL SMILES: Jervis cel­e­brates SLIP ‘N’ SLIDE: Jake Jervis nets the only goal of the match for Ply­mouth

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