Settling In

FIVE of John Sheridan’s six signings since he took the Home Park hot-seat started Argyle’s 0-0 draw against Dagenham & Redbridge and...

...while happy with his acquisitions, the manager admits it will take time for all to settle in.

As he tries to integrate the new boys, Sheridan is also keen to impose his own style and philosophy on all in the dressing-room. The emphasis is on keeping it simple, he says, but weather conditions have played a part in slowing this process.

“It’s difficult on the training ground,” said John. “It’s an absolute bog.

“I’m probably telling different players to do different things than they’ve heard under different managers. I know how I want my team to play. Hopefully they’ll take things on board. It’s still early days.

“Two clean sheets is something to look positive about. I thought we looked solid and defended well when we had to. It’s just having that nous and creativity in the final third that could win us the game.

“I thought our shape looked okay. Since I’ve been here, I don’t think any team has played through us, but, again, I think we gave too many corners away.

“I’ve made it clear to the players that [the opposition] are getting corners from us switching off from throw-ins. It’s frustrating because we’re going to concede if we’re not careful. The plus side is that we’ve been defending them well.

“We’ve got to believe in ourselves and not ignore the simple things. Simplicity makes good players and we do ignore the simple things. I’ll show it on the video and hopefully they understand and take it into the next game.”