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Cambridge match report
10 September 2016 18:05 Post ID: #71835
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Goals from Graham Carey and Jordan Slew gave Argyle a deserved 2-1 win against Cambridge.

Back to the top of the league we go! With the added bonus of Wycombe and Exeter in the bottom four, a pretty good Saturday!

For most of the game it looked like an easy win but as chances were either wasted or saved we were left hanging on near the end of the game when really Cambridge should have been dead and buried.
Overall, it was our best league home performance of the season and it's the first time since the 2003-2004 season that we've won six games in succession in a single season.

The passing and style of football was excellent and the team had a focal point up front in the willing Garita.
Cambridge pushing up in the second half actually helped us and we played on the counter attack, Carey played in four different positions as Adams went through his formation repertoire.

There were stand out performances from McCormick, who made three fantastic saves, Bradley, who headed everything, Slew and Garita who will probably be named as Man of the Match but for me Carey was just brilliant, left, right or through the centre he was the one player who made the team tick.

Adams made five changes to a winning team, not many managers would do that, in came Miller, Slew, Tanner, Garita and Fox and Threlkeld, Spencer, Jervis, Smith and Donaldson dropped to the bench. The formation started as 4-2-1-3 with surprisingly Tanner playing behind Garita and Carey and Slew in the wide positions.

We dominated the early parts of the game, Cambridge were content to fill the midfield and play with a lone striker.
Carey and Slew were causing problems on the wings although too often they stopped to cut inside and use their favoured foot, it must of been a tactic from Adams to play both players on the wing that didn't suit their favoured foot.

The key feature in the early minutes was left-back Purrington getting forward and claimed an assist for the first goal. Slew got past the Cambridge right-back, slipped the ball inside to Purrington who advanced to the goal line and had the presence of mind to pull the ball back instead of crossing and there was Carey to side foot high into the net.

After that the game had a training exercise feel to it and was easy to referee, Cambridge did have one good chance when a shot from Halliday went wide.
Slew cut inside on a couple of occasions and saw two shots well saved.

Late in the first half Cambridge brought on a second striker and tried to push us back.

Miller, who picked up an injury, was replaced by Threlkeld for the second half and Cambridge used the same tactics of pushing up which helped us play through Garita, Tanner and Slew.
McCormick pulled off a great save to tip the ball over the bar, we really needed that second goal.

Carey had a couple of shots well saved by Norris in the Cambridge goal.
By now Carey and Tanner had swapped positions and Carey was back in his usual number 10 role.

The second goal our play deserved finally arrived.
Tanner did well on the right and put in a low ball across the six yard box and there was Slew arriving at the back post to thump in. 2-0.

Garita had a free header that was aimed straight at the keeper, either side and it would have been 3-0.

Adams changed formation again by subbing Slew and bringing on Smith, Carey went to the left, Songo'o sat deep in midfield and Smith and Fox played in front of him.

Cambridge had a couple of chances as we lived dangerously and again McCormick came to the rescue.
With 11 minutes left Cambridge pulled a goal back when Elito slotted past McCormick, it was a soft goal to concede after previously defending very well.

Goodwillie came on to replace Fox and Carey moved into central midfield - he must be dizzy by now.
There were some alarms late in the game when really it shouldn't have been like that.
It's still a win and it was a very enjoyable game, the passing, particularly from side to side was excellent, one 50 yarder from Bulvitis and another from Garita would grace the Premier League.

Garita was a handful and chased everything, he must be knackered, he deserved a goal but was a real focal point for the attacks.

Slew came into the team, had a good game and scored the winner! You can't do more than that.
Fox kept it simple with short easy passes to feet, Bully and Bradley headed and cleared everything and those two and McCormick deserved a clean sheet but it wasn't to be.
Purrington did well going forward although he was "skinned" a few times by the Cambridge winger.

Tanner struggled in the Carey role behind the striker, he hardly got involved in the first half but came alive in the second half when he moved to the right wing.
Carey was magnificent - skill, technique and workrate, what a player!

Man of the match: Carey.

McCormick 8, Miller 6, Bulvitis 7, Bradley 7, Purrington 7, Songo'o 7, Fox 7, Carey 9, Slew 7, Tanner 7, Garita 8. Subs: Threlkeld 6, Smith 6, Goodwillie n/a.
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