John Sheridan pleased Plymouth Argyle are picking up points
Manager John Sheridan says Plymouth Argyle still have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to their performances on the pitch.
He has taken encouragement, though, from the fact that the Pilgrims have won three of their last four fixtures in League Two despite not playing at the level he believes they are capable of.
Argyle are in 12th position going into their game against in-form Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park on Saturday.
They bounced back from a dismal 2-1 defeat away to Morecambe on August 31 by defeating visiting Bristol Rovers 1-0 in a scrappy encounter last Saturday.
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Argyle had won by the same scoreline when they hosted Rochdale a fortnight earlier.
Sheridan said: “We are not Barcelona, so I don’t think we are going to play like Barcelona every week – and I’m not being sarcastic. I thought the result [against Bristol Rovers] was very good, as was the Rochdale one.
“People tell me that last season they would have lost those games, so I think it’s a good sign that you are still winning when you are not playing to your maximum.
“That’s the way I look at it. I know we can play a lot better, and we need to play a lot better over longer periods.”
Sheridan was pleased Argyle kept only their second clean-sheet of the season against Bristol Rovers, and also with the response from his players after a very poor first-half performance.
He said: “We just showed a little bit more courage. We got on the ball and created problems, and we scored from a set play which is always nice.
“I really thought we were on the front foot a lot more and we looked as though we believed we could pass the ball around.”
Striker Reuben Reid scored the winning goal against Bristol Rovers with a close-range header, which took his tally for the season to three after two previous penalties.
The Pilgrims have netted
11 times in their eight competitive games this term.
Sheridan said: “It doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as they are all playing their part. It’s a team game and that’s the way I always see it.”
Sheridan can choose between Reid, Marvin Morgan, Lewis Alessandra, Rommy Boco and Tyler Harvey for his strikeforce.
He said: “I think with those five we have got people who can score goals. And I expect the midfield players – Conor [Hourihane] and Hamza [Bencherif], and Dom [Blizzard] or Youngy [Luke Young] – to chip in with four or five goals.
“It doesn’t matter if you are winning 1-0 or 4-0. As long as you are getting three points from the game, that’s the most important thing in my eyes.
“It’s still very early in the season and we are a little up and down, but you just need to stay in the pack and get a bit of consistency in your game, and pick the results up when you can. You know you are going to hit form some time. Our aim is to stay in that pack.”
Wycombe have won their last three matches, including a 2-0 triumph at Exeter City in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Their three-goal top scorer is striker Dean Morgan, who played for Sheridan at Chesterfield.
Sheridan said: “We have had them watched two or three times and they have had some good results away.
“They work really hard as a team and have got some good players. I had Dean Morgan at Chesterfield and know what his capabilities are.”
Plymouth Argyle (from): McCormick, Cole; Berry, Trotman, Blanchard, Branston, Nelson, Wotton, Reckord, Blackman, Richards, Hourihane, Alessandra, Gurrieri, Boco, Blizzard, Young, Bencherif, Reid, Morgan, Harvey, Vassell, Purrington, Lane.
Unavailable: Chadwick (knee), Lecointe (knee).