Seeing Red At Reds

JOHN Sheridan immediately strikes you as the type of gaffer who will stand no nonsense, let alone put up with indiscipline.

Expect, then, the Pilgrims’ players to be on their best behaviour, and the rash of red cards – five in the last 14 matches which culminated in Nick Chadwick’s six-match ban this week – to end.

“That is a big concern,” said John. “That won’t be something I’ll stand for.

“We need players on the pitch. It’s not good enough.”

He has the credentials to back up his demands. Last season, his Chesterfield side was the best behaved in England, winning the Booby Moore Fair Play Award, presented every year by the Professional Footballers Association to the club with the best disciplinary record.

The Spireites picked up only 41 yellow cards and no reds in their 46 Football League games; Argyle’s current tally in all competitions, with 19 games still left to play, has already reached the half-century.

“It’s something that needs to be sorted out,” said John. “We need every player available, especially where we are now.”