John Sheridan frustrated as Plymouth Argyle self destruct against Exeter City
THERE was more frustration for manager John Sheridan as Plymouth Argyle were beaten by arch rivals Exeter City at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Sheridan thought the Pilgrims had put in a ‘really good performance’ for most of the Devon derby.
However, they ended up losing 3-1 after conceding two late goals – with the first scored in some style by former Argyle striker Alan Gow.
The Pilgrims have now picked up only one point from their last four games in League Two and have dropped to 17th position, leaving Sheridan under-fire from disgruntled fans.
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Exeter had opened the scoring with a fine finish from Arron Davies shortly before the hour mark.
Argyle equalised in the 69th minute, though, with an expertly taken 20-yard free-kick from substitute Luke Young.
Sheridan said: “The result is very hard to take. I thought we played well.
“It was a great goal from Youngy and I was thinking we were the team who were going to go on and win it.
“We looked very confident, we passed it and we were causing them problems.
“Then we shot ourselves in the foot and for the last five or 10 minutes we were all over the place. It was self-destruction.
“It’s not a 3-1 game. For 80 minutes I thought we put on a really good performance.
“But we have lost again and that’s all I look at. Sometimes I would rather come and play poorly and get something from the game.”
Gow’s 83rd minute goal which put Exeter 2-1 up was a superb strike, but Argyle contributed to it.
Sheridan said: “It came out of the blue. It was a clearance from us and we kicked it against our own player.
“It fell to the lad (Gow) and he has put it in the top corner. I think that hit us hard.
“There was still a chance to get back in the game but they (Exeter) could have ended up scoring four or five.
Young and striker Reuben Reid were sent on as 60th minute substitutes for Hamza Bencherif and debutant Paul Hayes respectively.
Sheridan said: “Youngy came on and passed the ball and I thought Reuben made a difference as well.
“I have made changes today, but even before the subs came on I thought we were in the game.”
He continued: “They (Exeter) are a good footballing side and they create things but we had some really good possession of the ball.
“Then we just spoil it by taking the wrong option.
“A simple thing like a cross will go straight in the ‘keeper’s hands and they will counter attack and we end up deep in our half.
“We do silly thing at the wrong time, but I thought we did try to play today and pass it around.
“It’s very disappointing to lose a derby game 3-1. When you are at 1-1 and you are away from home, just stay in the game.
“I thought we were the team who were going to win it, but we switched off.”