In the Hat

JOHN Sheridan says he has no preference on what team Argyle draw in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser, after the Pilgrims dispatched Welling United 3-1.

Three goals in the space of eight minutes for the Pilgrims quickly extinguished any chance of a second-round slip-up as many fans” minds quickly turned toward dreams of drawing one of the “big guns” in Sunday’s draw.

The manager, however, is not worried about who he will come up against.

John said: “I’m not bothered. We can’t pick and choose who we get. We’re all realistic, and financially it could be good for the club, but I think you’ve just got try and get as far as possible in the competition.”

Andres Gurrieri’s classy opener after 13 minutes was quickly followed by Curtis Nelson slotting home after a goalmouth scramble. A first ever headed goal by Lewis Alessandra in the 21st minute put the tie to bed before the visitors even got a chance to get going.

A goal by Ross Lafayette early into the second half was not enough to spark a Welling comeback, and the second comfortable FA Cup win in succession put the Greens in the draw with the best clubs in the country. Despite that, Shez believes Argyle could go even deeper into the competition.

“It brings that bit of belief, and you just never know,” he said. “A lot of lower league teams have done alright before, so it doesn’t matter to me who we get.”

Argyle are ball number 58 in the draw, and could come up against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Whilst Argyle may well end up being the underdogs in the third round, Sheridan is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m sure the excitement is there with the supporters,” he said. “The main thing was getting in the hat, and it’s a win with three different goalscorers.

“Let’s see what will happen tomorrow in the draw.”