Sarcevic digs deep hole for Shrimpers
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.”