Sheridan cranks up pressure after win
Manager John Sheridan is trying to convince his Plymouth Argyle players that they can challenge for a place in the League Two play-offs this season.
Sheridan had been optimistic about the Pilgrims' prospects before the start of the campaign. However, his side lost their first two League games – 1-0 away to Southend United and 2-0 against Fleetwood Town at Home Park.
Sheridan admitted he had been "shocked" by Argyle's poor performances, but they put in a much-improved display as they beat Cheltenham Town 3-1 at Whaddon Road on Saturday.
The visitors led 3-0 by half-time after goals from Marvin Morgan, captain Conor Hourihane and Rommy Boco.
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Sheridan said: "Obviously, getting three goals is always a good cushion for you to take into the second half, but I thought it was a very good all-round team performance.
"We want to do well. I don't want to be talking about relegation. I want to be talking about play-offs and getting out of the league. That's the way I feel and, if it puts pressure on me, so be it.
"I think we are a club who can get out of this league in my first full season. I've got to get that in the players.
"If we turn up and perform, like we have done today, the fans will support us non-stop. When you perform like we did at Southend and against Fleetwood, you have got to take it on the chin and accept it's not good enough.
"We have worked hard on our team shape all week and we took it into the game."
Argyle will play Cheltenham at Whaddon Road again next month. The clubs have been drawn against each other in the first round of the Football League Trophy. The tie will be played in the week commencing September 2.