DEREK’S STRIKER SEARCH GOES ON


PLYMOUTH Argyle boss Derek Adams is working hard to add to the Pilgrims’ League One strike force.

Adams and his back- room support will step up that search now target man Ryan Taylor has been ruled out for at least the next 12 weeks of the new campaign with a broken ankle.

‘There have been developments,’ said the Pilgrims’ boss on the prospect of bringing in a new forward.

‘We are working hard (be- hind the scenes), speaking to the clubs and the players as well and right now we are just waiting for answers.’

Confirmed

Adams will assess the possible need for more than one striker after he has secured his first target.

‘We will have to take a look at the striker we bring in,’ said Adams. ‘There is scope to take in another striker, which is good.

‘We could take in two strikers but we have Jake Jervis and Nathan Blissett who can both play in that area.’

As for Taylor, Adams has confirmed the former Oxford United target man will be out for three months. ‘It was a clean break and so no operation,’ he added.

Taylor started the 2-1 opening League One defeat at Peterborough, a game from which the Argyle boss felt his side could – and should – have won.

Blissett played up top in the 5-0 League Cup exit at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City.

Said Adams: ‘I made nine changes the other night at Bristol City and we were 3-0 down after 19 minutes so it was a long way back after that.

‘It was a very good performance away to Peterborough in the first League game of the season.

‘If any fans think we are going to have the same season we had last season then they are in a different world to the one I am in.

‘We are in a new League, a tougher League, and we’re certainly not going to win as many games as we did last season.

‘What we have done is shown how well we can play – against Peterborough it was an excellent performance – and we’ve shown against Bristol City how poorly we can play.

‘So it’s two different games, and it’s a new season.’

Stability

He continued: ‘We are delighted to be in League One and we want to try and pick up as many points as we can. Our priority is to stay in League One.

‘The way we do that is to push on but not get ahead of ourselves while doing that.

‘The first aspect of any campaign is to have stability, that’s the nature of business as a whole and foot- ball’s no different.

‘You have to have good foundations and that’s what we want at this football club.

‘We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, that has happened in the past and it hasn’t helped.’

Only two matches into the new season and Argyle are already on a steep learning curve having played experienced League One opposition and then an impressive, clinical Championship outfit in Lee Johnson’s Robins.

Adams admits: ‘I think the first game against Peter- borough we learnt that we should have won.

Gap

‘We had a lot of good opportunities. Peterborough’s first goal was an own goal and there was a foul on one of our players leading up to the second goal.

‘We really needed to take our chances, especially in the first half when we were on top of our game.

‘Against Bristol City we came up against a side that were a lot better than us.

‘There’s a huge gap. They had a £5-million pound striker sitting on the bench. That shows the difference between the football clubs.

‘I have been asked if we are going to start paying transfer fees. I said this foot- ball club has been in a difficult place and now we have put ourselves in a very good place and we are moving along nicely.

‘We don’t need outside pressure to go and spend money we don’t have.

‘I think the supporters who have followed us for so many years are happy with the progress, and steady progress the football club is making without being a club which goes bust, which nobody wants to see.’

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