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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.”
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