7th December 2013
ARGYLE manager John Sheridan encouraged his side to not “let their foot off the pedal”, after their 3-1 FA Cup with Budweiser second-round victory against Welling United.The Greens dominated the opening 45 minutes at Home Park, putting the game virtually beyond doubt with a 3-0 lead going into half-time. but conceded early in the second half.
After the game, the manager was critical of their second-half performance, when the Pilgrims let the visitors grab a goal and risked letting them back into the game.
John said: “I think we just went out in the second half thinking we’d already won. I don’t think we played well, and, full credit to Welling, they got their goal and got back in the game.
“We had a lot of chances, but too many players just thought the game was already over and done with.”
Whilst the Pilgrims’ recent run of form shows reason for optimism, John knows that the side’s positive results will continue only if they produce good performances against all opposition:
He said: “I know we made mistakes on the pitch, and no disrespect to Welling, but they weren’t going to punish us like a good team with good players would do. Luckily for us, we got away with them.
“The players need to get where I’m coming from into their heads - regarding those mistakes - because it would just make us a better team.”
Argyle’s season is currently offering many reasons for fans to smile, and John is keen to continue their success in both league and cup competitions. He knows that good performances from start to finish are what is necessary to keep it going.
He said: “I’ll praise the lads for trying to get the job done in the first half, but I think we got lazy with our game in the second.
“I think the players unfortunately went out with the wrong attitude, which I’m not too pleased about. I just thought we were very lazy in our game.”