Lack of goals is a worry for Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan
MANAGER John Sheridan highlighted Plymouth Argyle's lack of goals as a cause for concern after they slumped to the bottom of the table in League Two.
The Pilgrims are two points adrift of safety after their 1-0 defeat by promotion-chasing Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday.
Sheridan has seen his side score only twice in their last five games, and both of those goals came in the 2-1 win away to Aldershot Town on February 9.
With Argyle desperate for points to retain their Football League status they must find a solution to that problem.
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Sheridan said: "We are defending well as a unit, and we are working hard for each other, but we are not scoring goals.
"If we are not scoring, we are not going to win anything."
Argyle had been in 22nd position before the game against Northampton, who have now won six successive home matches.
The Pilgrims were overtaken in the table by Accrington Stanley and AFC Wimbledon.
Accrington drew 2-2 at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday, while Wimbledon won 1-0 away to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Next up for Argyle is a crucial clash with Wimbledon in south London tomorrow.
Sheridan said: "The results have gone against us and we find ourselves at the bottom now. We are in a scrap.
"We have got to look at how we are going to try to create more chances and score goals to win games, and we have got to do it quickly."
Argyle were the better team in the first half and had some good chances to take the lead before the break.
The first came when on-loan Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton weaved his way into an excellent shooting position.
His powerful strike was on target but Northampton defenders Kelvin Langmead made a brave and vital block.
Later on, Argyle centre-backs Guy Branston and Anthony Charles both headed wide from close range.
Sheridan said: "It was an unbelievable bit of football from Jason, and we had one or two headers we could have done a lot better with.
"They are good opportunities and you have got to take those chances."
"I said to Jason afterwards if he had picked his spot instead of striking it, it would have been a great goal, but it wasn't to be.
"I thought we defended really well. They (Northampton) are a horrible team to play against.
"Everything is coming in the box, everything is high and they are all 6ft 2inch so I have got to give my lads credit for that."
The visit to Wimbledon will be followed by another relegation 'six-pointer' against Barnet at Home Park on Saturday.
Sheridan said: "They are big games. They are two teams who are near us.
"It's difficult to take that we are bottom, but we have just got to stay together and believe we can get out of the position we are in.
"That's what we will carry on doing," added the former Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield boss.
"We have got to focus on the performance, not the result. I thought we played really well in the first half.
"If we can take that into the game against Wimbledon we will have a chance of winning."
Sheridan revealed Durrell Berry had been ruled out of the game against Northampton because of a knee injury.
Maxime Blanchard was a late call-up to the team to play out of position at right-back.
Berry's late withdrawal from the squad on Saturday morning meant Argyle had only six substitutes on the bench.