Paul Hayes hoping Argyle players can let goals do the talking
On-loan Brentford striker Paul Hayes has insisted there is no lack of commitment from the Argyle squad.
The Pilgrims have gone seven games without a win in all competitions after being beaten 1-0 by ten-man Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Saturday.
There has been increasing criticism of manager John Sheridan, and the players, from disgruntled fans. Some supporters voiced their frustration during and after the game against Hartlepool.
Hayes, who has started the past four matches after signing for Argyle on a one-month loan but has yet to score a goal, went across to speak to members the travelling Green Army after the final whistle.
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"There was a good following from the fans and you could feel how frustrated they were," Hayes said.
"Fans have got a right to say what they need to say. I wanted to go over there after the game and try to explain to them that it's not the fact that no one cares or people are going through the motions. From the fans' point of view, all they see are the games on a Saturday and a Tuesday and how people perform in them.
"But all last week we worked extremely hard on how to break down Hartlepool, and how to get the best out of the 3-5-2 formation we have changed to. If just one of our shots went in, out of the 21 we had, it would have completely changed the whole game.
"The fans would have gone home happy and we would have got on the bus knowing we had done our job, but it didn't happen for us."
Hayes added: "Regardless of what has gone on, the 11 players that go out there and the three subs who come on, it's their fault. It's no one else's fault.
"We have got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and put in a performance tonight. There are no ifs or buts about it."