VIDEO: Plymouth Argyle v Accrington Stanley: Match preview
MANAGER John Sheridan has admitted there is a pressure of expectation on Argyle to beat Accrington Stanley at Home Park on Saturday.
Accrington are bottom of the League Two table after picking up only one point from their first eight fixtures.
They are the joint lowest scorers in the division with five goals – the same as Hartlepool United and one less than three clubs, including Argyle.
Accrington’s only competitive win this season came in the Capital One Cup first round, when they triumphed 2-1 at Middlesbrough on August 6.
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Yet, Argyle are not exactly brimming with confidence at the moment, either.
They have been beaten in their past two matches – 3-0 at home by Wycombe Wanderers on September 14 and 1-0 by Scunthorpe United last Saturday.
Sheridan thought Argyle played well enough to win against Scunthorpe, but they failed to take their chances.
He wants a repeat performance, but with more clinical finishing from his team, when they take on Accrington.
Sheridan said: “Everyone expects us to win, and I expect us to win. They (Accrington) are bottom of the table and are there for a reason, but I know what they are like.
“They have been playing alright in games and will make it difficult for us.
“They will know we have lost our last two games and that our last home performance wasn’t very good – we lost 3-0. They will be coming here thinking they can get something out of the game, so I have got to concentrate on what we are going to do.
“If I can get a performance like last week, we will win the game, but they (Accrington) will make it difficult.
“We have got to go out there and take the game to them and get the crowd on our side.
“I don’t want the players to be frightened of making mistakes.
“I like them to enjoy their football, but I want them to go out and be courageous. If they make a mistake, just get on the ball again.”
Sheridan added: “We have got to be on our front foot a lot more than we were against Wycombe.
“We only had a 15-20 minute spell against Wycombe, and that’s not good enough when you are at home.”
Sheridan has a fully-fit squad, with the exception of long-term knee injury victim Matt Lecointe, for the visit of Accrington.
He said: “I have got players knocking on my door who think they should be in the team, which I don’t mind at all.
“I advise them to come and knock on my door. I would if I wasn’t playing. I would want to be in the team the way results are going at the moment.
“I have got to make decisions and stick to what I believe in.”