Sheridan wants to see Lewis Alessandra banging in the goals
MANAGER John Sheridan wants to see attacking midfielder Lewis Alessandra regularly among the goals for Plymouth Argyle this season.
Alessandra netted twice for the Pilgrims as they lost 3-2 after extra-time away to Birmingham City in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Championship club Birmingham took the lead twice only for Alessandra to equalise for the visitors.
However, the Blues finally came out on top following a goal in the 92nd minute from centre-back Kyle Bartley.
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Alessandra's second goal had sent the pulsating first round tie at St Andrews into extra-time.
The 24-year-old signed for Argyle as a free agent from League Two rivals Morecambe during the summer.
Sheridan knows all about him, though, because Alessandra played for him at Oldham Athletic.
The Pilgrims boss said: "The first one (against Birmingham) was a wonder goal. It was a great strike.
"I know he can do that and I would like him to try to score a few goals for us this season because I know he has got it in his locker.
"Ability-wise, I thought he was outstanding on Tuesday night. He has got two great goals and it's a shame they weren't really worth anything at the end."
Alessandra put Argyle level at 1-1 in the 61st minute with a stunning long-range strike.
He crashed a rising 25-yard shot high into the top corner of the net past Birmingham goalkeeper and former Pilgrims trialist Colin Doyle.
Sheridan said: "I have never seen him score a goal like that, but I don't think I have seen many players score a goal like that.
"I haven't seen many goals better than that while I have been in football. I thought he was excellent on the night as well.
"He has got great feet. Hopefully, it will give him confidence because I know he can score goals."
Sheridan had guaranteed an improved performance from Argyle against Birmingham after their dismal 1-0 defeat at Southend United last Saturday.
The Argyle manager was 'shocked' by how poorly his team played in their League Two season-opener.
He got the response he wanted as the Pilgrims pushed Birmingham, the 2010/11 winners of the League Cup, all the way.
Even deep into extra-time, and despite tired bodies, Argyle were pushing forward for another equaliser.
Sheridan said: "I was very pleased with the performance and the effort of the players. It's just a shame we didn't get anything out of the game.
"We knew it would be tough against a good footballing side and we had to work very hard.
Sheridan added "The performance was a massive improvement and that is what we need to take into our league programme."