Not Long To Go

ARGYLE manager John Sheridan is delighted Argyle will not have to wait long to get Saturday’s late heartbreaker at Burton out of their system.

The Pilgrims must regroup immediately after losing 1-0 in Staffordshire to Matt Patterson’s 94th-minure winner as they travel to face John’s former club Chesterfield on Tuesday.

“I’m pleased there is a game coming round quickly,” said John. “We can get our minds set on that game.

“[Football]’s cruel sometimes, but if we keep playing the way we’re playing we’ll have a good chance of getting something.”

Chesterfield need the points to keep their outside hopes of challenging for a play-off position alive, but John saw enough at Burton to convince himself that relegation-threatened Argyle are a match for anyone on their day.

He said: “[Burton] are a team that’s going for automatic [promotion] and I thought we were the better team. They’ve got a very good home record and they didn’t cause us many problems.

 “The performance deserved something from the game. We could have gone home happy with picking a point up on the other teams around us.

“It’s a shame for the players, because they gave me their all. We looked really compact; we dealt with everything they had until the last kick of the game. 

“It was a good performance – a good, solid performance. But it’s not all about performances, is it? It’s about getting something from the game. But I think the performance was really solid.

“The problem I had with us is that we didn’t retain the ball like I want us to retain. If we get a bit of belief and think we can pass it and move it around, I think we can cause teams problems.”