'We must improve' admits Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan
MANAGER John Sheridan accepts he is 'under pressure' after Plymouth Argyle's poor start to their League Two campaign.
The Pilgrims are away to Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road today (3pm) having failed to pick up a point or score a goal in their first couple of games.
Sheridan has admitted Argyle's performances have not been good enough and has promised to work hard with the players to correct that.
He made several additions to his squad during the summer and the new recruits have failed to impress in the first couple of league games.
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Sheridan said: "We have got to improve our performance all over the pitch.
"I think all the players have got to realise what they can do better and what we, as a team, can do better.
"I have made it clear there are not many who have come out (of the first two league games) with plusses.
"Listen, I'm under pressure because I brought in a lot of the players.
"I will stand up. I accept being criticised because the performances haven't been good enough.
"It's my job as the manager to try to get the best out of them, and that's what I will be doing. I will be working even harder now.
"We haven't started the season the way I wanted. We need to perform better and, hopefully, the results will come."
Sheridan suggested there would be 'one or two changes' to Argyle's starting line-up for the game against Cheltenham, who traditionally are very difficult to beat at Whaddon Road.
Sheridan said: "I'm my own man. Everyone has got an opinion – that's football today – but it's important I stick to my principles of what I think is going to be successful for us this season.
"I won't change my ways. That's the way I am, and I think that's the way I should be.
"But I understand that performance-wise and results-wise we have got to do a little better, and that's what we are going to try to do, whatever team I put out (against Cheltenham).
"Obviously, there will be one or two players who think they should be playing, and one or two will be looking over their shoulders thinking whether they should still be in the team.
"Whatever team I pick, it's hopefully going to get us a positive result at Cheltenham."
THE first round draw for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy was taking place at 10.30am today.
Argyle are in the southern section west with Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham, Exeter City, Portsmouth, Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers.
GO TO the website www.plymouthherald.co.uk for details of the draw, and for a report on Argyle's game against Cheltenham.