Date: 2nd October 2016 at 10:57am
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What a fantastic start to the season, nine wins and one draw from the last 10 games and top of the league by a clear five points. Not bad at all!

It was the game against Yeovil Town at Home Park yesterday where it all came together in a fantastic 4-1 win.
The team has played well in patches this season, doing enough in 20 minutes or so of each match to get in front and then grinding out the rest of the match to earn the win.
However, yesterday the team hit a purple match for 80 minutes of the game with Yeovil only threatening either side of half time.

Graham Carey hit the third goal with a 25-yard power chip around the Yeovil keeper and into the top corner, a shot that any golfer would have been proud of. From that point the team played with a confidence and swagger, knowing that the game was won; the passing and interplay reached another level and is more suited to a higher league.

The togetherness of the team is very obvious, each goal celebration (there have been many lately) involves every outfield player in the team, including the defenders who race up the pitch to congratulate the goal scorer, none more so than centre-back Sonny Bradley who celebrates as though he has actually scored the goal.

It’s hard to believe Bradley has just turned 25 because he plays like a seasoned pro, always calm and dominant and a leader without the armband. His career has been conducted under the radar so far, with spells at Aldershot, Portsmouth and Crawley but this season he will certainly be noticed.

The left-side attacking spot in the team hasn’t been nailed down by one particular player just yet, Ryan Donaldson, Jordan Slew, Craig Tanner and an out of position Graham Carey have all had time out on the left and for the Yeovil game manager Derek Adams reverted back to Donaldson and he did a good job.
He kept shape on the left and played a part in the second goal by releasing Carey with a clever ball allowing Jake Jervis to finish off the move.

I like the way Donaldson and Jervis in the wide positions move inside to join Jimmy Spencer as a second striker when the ball is on the opposite side of the pitch. It’s clever tactics from Adams because the two wide players give the team width but also provide strength in attack when needed, they are not traditional wingers or strikers but a combination of the two.

With 16 new signings made over the summer credit mist go to Adams for spotting the players and then quickly moulding them into a very good team but let’s not forget the scouting network and Chief Scout Greg Strong.
He would have been the person making suggestions to Adams regarding potential new signings and this process would have probably started halfway through last season or even before. Well done Greg!

Adams has also been very clever in making sure players who don’t regularly feature in the starting eleven get some game time. He likes to keep a stable back five plus Yann Songo’o sitting in front of them and then he tinkers with the attacking positions. Players who haven’t played for a few games suddenly get a chance to start a game and those who are dropped play a part as a late substitute and this was the case against Yeovil.
Adams clearly views this season as a squad game rather than the same 13 or 14 players playing every week as was the case last season.

Keep it going lads.