John Sheridan threatens changes following another Plymouth Argyle shut out
MANAGER John Sheridan has conceded it could be time for a big shake-up at struggling Plymouth Argyle.
His comments came after the Pilgrims drew 0-0 with bottom-of-the-table Accrington Stanley at Home Park on Saturday.
The result leaves Argyle in 15th position, with 10 points from nine games, and they have not won any of their last three fixtures.
Sheridan has a fully-fit squad, with the exception of long-term knee injury victim Matt Lecointe.
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He could now be ready to utilise those options open to him, starting against arch rivals Exeter City in the Devon derby at St James' Park this weekend.
Sheridan said: "Is it time for change? That's something I have got to really look at now.
"Am I losing patience? We are not winning games at the moment and we are not scoring goals. It might be time for a big change and to give people an opportunity.
"There are one or two probably thinking when are they going to get a game?" added the Pilgrims boss.
Sheridan was not only disappointed with the result, but the way Argyle played.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder said: "I look at the pitch and there is no reason why you can't go out there and pass the ball on it.
"I get jealous sometimes when I'm watching them, playing out there on that."
Accrington had lost their last eight games in all competitions before they picked up a point against Argyle.
Sheridan saw his side create some excellent early chances but they did not convert any of them.
The Pilgrims then struggled to play with any fluency after half-time and Accrington were the better of two poor sides.
Sheridan said: "Everyone was getting a bit ratty, even myself. We were all agitated because we wanted to win the game.
"I can't fault their effort. I think they put a lot of effort in, but it's not all about running around. It's about having that know-how and awareness.
"We have got to really concentrate on passing the ball to where whoever is receiving it wants it.
"It's another blank for us, and as we all know if you don't score goals you won't win games. It's a big problem at the moment."
Sheridan did not rule out making a move into the loan market to try to find an answer to Argyle's lack of goals.
He said: "In this league, if you score the first goal, 80 per cent of the time you will go on and win the game.
"Whether it's bringing people in (on loan), or throwing in one or two who are already here, I will think about that this week."
Sheridan has always insisted he has confidence in his strikers that they will get goals regularly.
However, Argyle spurned some good chances when they lost 1-0 at Scunthorpe United and it was a similar story against Accrington. One of their best opportunities of the contest came in only the second minute.
Striker Marvin Morgan had a one-on-one with Accrington's on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli but his shot was pushed away for a corner.
Sheridan said: "You have got to bury that. It was a great chance.
"I'm picking the same players and I believe in them to score goals, but we created lots of chances last week and we have done the same here and we have drawn two blanks."
Sheridan confirmed Argyle right-back Durrell Berry missed the match on Saturday because of illness.
His absence allowed Curtis Nelson to make his 100th appearance for the club, still only aged 20.
There was also a recall to the first team for 36-year-old Paul Wotton, who replaced Neal Trotman in the centre of defence.
Wotton had not played since suffering broken ribs in the season-opening 1-0 defeat at Southend United.
Sheridan said: "He gives us a bit of experience and gets on people's cases. He's the only one who I do hear talking.
"You need three or four of them on the pitch. We just accept a lot of things on the football pitch.
"You can hear Wottsie talking and organising, and I thought he did well for his first game," added Sheridan.