Sarce­vic digs deep hole for Shrimpers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Phillips

DEREK ADAMS felt his Ply­mouth team dom­i­nated yes­ter­day’s match at Southend United and that the score­line flat­tered the hosts.

The Shrimpers scored twice in the fi­nal five min­utes after the Pil­grims had raced to a 3-0 lead at Roots Hall.

And Adams was adamant sec­ond from bot­tom Ply­mouth were by far the bet­ter team.

“It was a very good and sweet per­for­mance and we were far bet­ter than Southend from the start to the fin­ish,” he said.

“It was a very good, ac­com­plished per­for­mance and they all de­serve top marks for it.

“We ran and ran and ran, we pressed them all the over pitch and used the ball well.

“They got the penalty and then a fan­tas­tic goal right at the end which did make the score­line flat­ter­ing for Southend.”

The re­sult frus­trated Southend boss Chris Pow­ell.

“We’re low on con­fi­dence at home and that’s wor­ry­ing be­cause the boys look edgy,” Pow­ell said.

“We’re in a dif­fi­cult place with try­ing to put out a team and try­ing to get some con­sis­tency and rhythm.

“I’m not speak­ing out of turn, but we’re with­out my first choice back five.

“You’re putting in play­ers but it will be tough for them be­cause there are so many sce­nar­ios they haven’t been through.”

Ply­mouth broke the dead­lock in the 21st minute when a poor de­fen­sive header from Stephen Hen­drie en­abled An­toni Sarce­vic to con­fi­dently fire a low shot into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Fred­die Ladapo was then de­nied by Shrimpers goal­keeper Nathan Bishop when clean through on goal, but four min­utes into the sec­ond half the striker strode onto David Fox’s long ball be­fore fir­ing home.

The Pil­grims made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute with a close-range ef­fort from Ruben Lameiras be­fore Southend replied with an 85th-minute penalty from Si­mon Cox.

Char­lie Kel­man – a 17-year-old Shrimpers sub­sti­tute – then net­ted from close to the half­way line on his League de­but, but Ply­mouth hung on for the vic­tory.

“It was a won­der­ful goal and it’s the only pos­i­tive I’ll take from to­day,” said Pow­ell.

“He gave us a spark and I’ll en­cour­age him to keep play­ing his part.”

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