Argyle manager Sheridan pledges to take game to Fleetwood
Manager John Sheridan has promised an attacking approach from Argyle when they play Fleetwood Town today in their first home League Two fixture of the season.
The Pilgrims have made a mixed start to the new campaign.
Sheridan saw his side put in a dismal, lacklustre display when they lost 1-0 at Southend United in their League Two opener last Saturday.
However, Argyle were much improved in their League Cup first-round tie at Championship club Birmingham City on Tuesday.
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The Pilgrims twice came from behind to send the match into extra-time before eventually being beaten 3-2.
Sheridan hopes Argyle can take the positives from that performance into the game against Fleetwood, who are among the favourites for promotion from League Two.
The Pilgrims boss saw Fleetwood in action on Wednesday night when they lost 3-2 at League One outfit Notts County in the League Cup.
Sheridan said: “They had one or two players who weren’t in the team [against Notts County] who I think will figure on Saturday so I wouldn’t go too much on it.
“I know mostly about the way they are going to play, but I try to look at us. We are at home and we have got to take the game to Fleetwood.
“That’s what we are going to do to every team we play at home. I don’t care who it is, we are going to go for it.
“We are going to attack teams. I want us to be on the front foot from the word go. I think if we do that we will cause teams problems. But that’s me talking. It’s up to the players.”
Argyle’s squad will be boosted by the return of defender Maxime Blanchard, who has completed a two-match suspension.
Argentinian playmaker Andres Gurrieri could also be in contention after sitting out all of the pre-season fixtures as well as the first two competitive games of the campaign because of a thigh injury.
Sheridan said: “Andres is naturally fit anyway so he could be pushing for a place in the squad.”
The main selection issue for Sheridan is whether to opt for Luke McCormick or Jake Cole as his goalkeeper against Fleetwood.
McCormick was Argyle’s best player against Southend while Cole made some fine saves, including one from a penalty, at Birmingham.
Now Sheridan will have to choose which one will be the regular first-choice keeper.
He said: “Everyone keeps saying it’s a tough decision. It’s not a tough decision for me.
“They are both good keepers and I’m very pleased I have got the decision to make. What’s hard is that I’m leaving one of them out but that’s football.
“Whoever it is, I want him to be upset if he’s not playing and push the other one who is playing. At the same time, the one who is playing will want to stay in the team.”
Blanchard was suspended after being sent-off in the season-ending 1-0 defeat away to Rochdale in April.
Sheridan welcomed the return of Blanchard, who was the Pilgrims’ player-of-the-year in 2011-12.
He said: “It gives us that little bit more strength. The squad looks decent now.
“Max is a good professional. He has trained really well and he looks fit to be fair to him.
“I think he has trained getting ready to be involved in this game. He knew what the situation was and that he was going to miss two matches.”
Plymouth Argyle (from): McCormick, Cole; Berry, Trotman, Nelson, Blanchard, Blackman, Richards, Hourihane, Alessandra, Boco, Blizzard, Young, Reid, Morgan, Harvey, Vassell, Purrington, Lane.
Unavailable: Branston (calf), Wotton (ribs), Gurrieri (thigh), Chadwick (knee), Lecointe (knee).