'It was stressful' - Plymouth Argyle chief hails players after gritty Hull City win

Joe Edwards scored Plymouth Argyle's winning goal against the Tigers -Credit:Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Joe Edwards scored Plymouth Argyle's winning goal against the Tigers -Credit:Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Plymouth first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell felt Argyle handled the pressure superbly during the 1-0 win over Hull City that retained their Championship status and punctured any hope the Tigers had of making the play-offs.

City were well below par throughout the contest but even victory would not have been enough given West Brom thumped Preston 3-0 and though Norwich lost 1-0 at relegated Birmingham City, the gap in goal difference was significant.

Skipper Joe Edwards’ first-half winner was enough for managerless Argyle to finish one point above the relegation zone, which sent the Blues into League One for the first time since the early 1990s.

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Nancekivell said: “It was stressful and always going to be the case today, but the lads were brilliant. It was one of our best performances for a while, and under intense pressure. We wanted to be brave, we wanted to be on the ball and we achieved both. I am delighted we are staying up.

“We needed a big performance and today we got one. The lads were terrific. Our organisation when we had to defend was superb. I am no different to an Argyle fan because I am Argyle. Really emotional, really proud.”

Edwards headed in the only goal of the game in the 40th minute when he rose above Matty Jacob at the back post to head beyond the helpless Ryan Allsop. "I didn’t know he could jump that high. It was a great ball in by Callum (Wright). Joe was outstanding wasn’t he? He led by example," Nancekivell continued.

“He ran around like an 18-year-old. It was a great far-post header. He’s got that desire and he has an abundance of it and it’s not the first time he’s scored a goal like that for us.

“Joe’s done terrifically well but the whole squad has. It’s been a long season, 46 games and we’ve come up and not been in the bottom three. That’s testament to the squad, every one of them.”