John Sheridan believes Plymouth Argyle's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth was 'a fair result'
PLYMOUTH Argyle manager John Sheridan was satisfied with a point from the Sky-televised Dockyard derby against Portsmouth on Saturday.
Sheridan thought the 1-1 draw was ‘a fair result’ after an entertaining League Two game.
The Pilgrims’ boss did not attend his usual post-match media conference, sending his No 2 Gary Owers instead.
However, he did speak to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth after the final whistle.
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Sheridan told him: “We would have liked to have taken three points but it was an evenly-contested game.
“I thought we started the game really well for the first 35 minutes.
“But then Portsmouth came back into the game so I think a draw was a fair result.”
Argyle took the lead in the 21st minute through captain Conor Hourihane.
It was only the Pilgrims’ third goal at Home Pak this season, and the first not scored by striker Reuben Reid.
Sheridan said: “As long as you are creating chances, hopefully our luck will change.
“That’s what I’m trying to preach to the lads. Hopefully, one or two victories will start coming our way.
“We have just got to keep battling away.”
Sheridan went with a 3-5-2 formation for the Dockyard derby, rather than the usual 4-4-2.
Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham admitted it had taken his side time to come to terms with it.
Sheridan said: “I thought the system worked quite well. We caused Portsmouth one or two problems the way we played.
“Both teams were trying to win the game and, like I said, I think a draw was a fair result.”
Portsmouth equalised in the 39th minute when highly-rated winger Jed Wallace punished poor Argyle defending.
Wallace was not closed down when he picked up possession and he fired a shot past ‘keeper Luke McCormick from 15 yards out.
Sheridan continued: “We were playing against a good team, who I think will be up there at the end of the season.
“It was an even match and we have just got to take that into the next game (away to Hartlepool United on Saturday) and, hopefully, build a little bit of confidence.”
Sheridan and Whittingham were team-mates at Sheffield Wednesday during their days in the Premier League.
“It’s not difficult coming up against him (Whittingham),” said Sheridan.
“I want to do well with Plymouth and get a result for us and, likewise, with Guy for Portsmouth.
“We will go in the office now and have a chit-chat about old times and a drink.
“We both wanted to win the game. I think you could see that in the way the teams played.”