Sheridan extolling virtue of patience
John Sheridan is sticking to his belief that it is only a matter of time before Plymouth Argyle's fortunes start to improve.
The Pilgrims will be seeking their first victory since September 7 when they play Newport County at Home Park tonight (7.45pm).
They have gone seven games in all competitions without a win since beating Bristol Rovers 1-0.
Creating scoring chances has not been a problem for Argyle recently, but converting them certainly has been.
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That was never more evident than in their 1-0 defeat by ten-man Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The Pilgrims spent most of the match on the attack and had 21 goal attempts, yet still lost the game after one defensive lapse in the second half.
Sheridan said: "Hopefully, we can create as many chances again tonight. I think if we keep creating the chances eventually it is going to turn for us. That's all we can do really.
"We have been playing quite well but we are not putting the ball in the back of the net. It's the hardest thing to do.
"I'm not a massive believer in stats but I have been looking at them over the weekend and I think we are about fifth in the league for the most chances created.
"I have got to look at that as a positive, but I have got to be realistic as well.
"We are not winning football matches. We are losing football matches and we are on a little bit of a bad run.
"I have got to stick to the belief that our luck will change, and I'm trying to get that into the players more than anyone else.
"Whether it's just a little tap-in or a deflected shot, or a penalty even, it's about putting the ball in the back of the net and getting us that win we are after."
Sheridan brought in several attacking players over the summer to get the goals for Argyle this term.
Lewis Alessandra, Rommy Boco, Marvin Morgan and Reuben Reid were all recruited by the Pilgrims' boss. However, those four have combined for only five goals between them in League Two.
Sheridan said: "We haven't scored enough goals throughout the season, and I don't just look at strikers. We had good chances from other areas of the pitch on Saturday.
"I had the belief at the start of the season that the players I brought in would score goals. They know they need to be better in front of goal. But if we keep creating chances, hopefully, our luck will change, and sooner rather than later."
Newport returned to the Football League following a 25-year absence when they were promoted as Football Conference play-off final winners in May. They have made a good start to this season, sitting in tenth position after 12 games with 19 points.
County won 3-0 at home to York City on Saturday, with former Argyle striker Chris Zebroski scoring.
Sheridan said: "They did well last season and usually when a team comes up they are playing with confidence because they have been used to winning games.
"But I'm trying not to think about Newport. We have just got to concentrate on what we are doing."
Plymouth Argye (from): McCormick, Blanchard, Trotman, Nelson, Berry, Young, Boco, Hourihane, Blackman, Alessandra, Reid, Cole, Wotton, Reckord, Bencherif, Gurrieri, Harvey, Hayes.
Unavailable: Branston (ankle), Blizzard (virus), Morgan (shoulder), Lecointe (knee), Chadwick (on loan to Tamworth)