VIDEO: Angry John Sheridan tells players to talk on the pitch, not to the papers
JOHN SHERIDAN says he wants to see his Plymouth Argyle players do their talking on the pitch.
Frustration spilled out of the Pilgrims boss after his side lost 2-1 at Morecambe on Saturday, despite taking the lead with a penalty from striker Reuben Reid.
Sheridan held a long inquest into the defeat in the visitors' changing room at the Globe Arena.
Often after away games, and especially before long return trips to Plymouth, the players are sent out for a warm-down after a few words from Sheridan.
Not this time, though. They remained in the changing room as Sheridan had his say.
It was more than half an hour after the final whistle that the Argyle manager emerged to answer questions from the media.
Sheridan did not make much of an attempt to hide his anger at the defeat.
He thought it had been an excellent chance for the Pilgrims to secure a third successive victory and, instead, they had not even picked up a point.
Morecambe came out on top after a goal from striker Padraig Amond in the 83rd minute.
Sheridan said: "We won two games and I heard a lot of talk in the papers all week that everyone knows what we are doing.
"I think that's my job to do all the talking. I'm getting sick of players talking, I really am.
"I would rather them show me on the pitch and don't give me anything to have a go at them over.
"Show me on the pitch, that's what I want. I don't want them talking in newspapers.
"I don't think it's their job to do that. I will do that as the manager. I will answer all the questions and I will take all the criticism.
"I just want them to concentrate on being a footballer and competing, and consistently playing well on a Saturday."
One of the on-field sources of frustration for Sheridan at the Globe Arena, was the lack of chances created by the Pilgrims, in the second half.
Argyle had one good opportunity to restore their lead when centre-back Neal Trotman had a header superbly saved by Barry Roche in the 58th minute.
Sheridan said: "Other than Neal's chance, I didn't think we were going to score.
"We just didn't get hold of the ball. Too many players went missing in the second half, and I'm saying that quite a few times now.
"I haven't got the answers. Everything is really good in training. We are bright and work our socks off.
"Everyone was bubbly after two wins and we just let ourselves down. We could have been in a very good position with two home games coming up."
Morecambe finished the game strongly even though they had played a League Cup tie against Newcastle United at the Globe Arena on Wednesday.
Sheridan said: "I thought the time was right to come here and try to win the game, with us on a good little run.
"It's very disappointing how flat we were in the second half, and we can't keep doing it.
"If we keep doing it, we will lose a lot more games than we will win," added the angry Pilgrims boss.
After their post-match inquest, it was gone 6pm before the Argyle team coach finally pulled away from the Globe Arena to set off on the 330-mile trip to Plymouth.
The Pilgrims return to action tomorrow when they are away to Cheltenham Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round.
Argyle won 3-1 away to Cheltenham in a League Two game as recently as August 17.
Sheridan could decide to shake up his side for the Trophy clash and give other players a chance to stake a claim for regular first-team football.
He said: "It's a big game for us. The Johnstone's Paint Trophy is important for us.
"It's a chance for us to get to Wembley. It's the best opportunity we will get. I think one or two (of the players) need throwing in to see if they can perform."