Derek Adams expects Toumani Diagouraga to leave Plymouth after Bury win

Plymouth Argyle

Toumani Diagouraga could have played his last game for Plymouth after scoring in the 3-0 home win over basement side Bury, according to manager Derek Adams.

The 30-year-old arrived at Home Park on a short-term deal in October and has impressed enough in 17 appearances to attract interest from clubs in the Championship and League One.

“It looks like Toumani Diagouraga has played his last game for us and is moving on,” Adams said. “We would have liked to have kept him, he has done really well in his time here, but he has chosen to move further north.”

The Pilgrims were bottom of the table when they lost to Portsmouth at the end of November but goals victory gave them a fifth win in seven unbeaten league outings since to move them into the top half.

Diagouraga dived to head home Argyle’s 14th minute opener from David Fox’s free-kick from 30 yards out.

Graham Carey doubled Plymouth’s lead despite Connor Ripley saving the playmaker’s initial 41st-minute spot kick.

Antoni Sarcevic smashed in Plymouth’s third goal on 78 minutes after Bury had been reduced to 10 men with the 60th minute dismissal of Ryan Lowe for a foul on keeper Remi Matthews.

Adams said: “We knew there were only four games being played in the division so it was important we made the most of it, we’ve won again, kept another clean sheet and are up to 12th in the league which is fantastic.

“It was another very accomplished performance from us and we scored some good goals.

“It was important to get another win. Bury signed three players in the week and made seven changes.

“After getting the first and second goals we went from strength to strength.

“We controlled the game after Ryan Lowe’s dismissal and could have had more goals if it wasn’t for their keeper.

“We are able to get to 12th place in the league which is fantastic. We have put ourselves in a good position. First and foremost it’s always been about putting ourselves in a good position and stay in this division.

“Overall it was a very good team performance.”

Bury boss Chris Lucketti said: “You have to look at different solutions. I chose the team and changed the personnel today that I thought would have enough to get three points.

“You make your own luck. We started out well and just before their goal we hit the bar and were on the front foot, and then we concede another set piece which has been the story of the season so far.

“The penalty looked a little bit soft if I am honest but Greg Leigh has gone to ground, and once you go to ground you make it easy for the referees.”