Arséne Sheridan

JOHN Sheridan did not see the goal that set his Pilgrims on their way to a second league win inside four days at Southend.

Substitute Paul Wotton opened the scoring for the second consecutive match with a 57th-minue penalty as Argyle beat the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists 2-0 in Essex.

However, superstitious John has developed a managerial habit of avoiding watching spot-kicks.

He said: “I don’t watch the pens. I was happy to hear the players and the coaching staff when we scored the goal.

“I usually pretend to tie my laces. Touch wood, it works more than it doesn’t.”

The penalty was won by winger Joe Bryan’s storming incursion into the penalty area, where he was floored by Bilel Mohsni’s lunge.

“It was a brilliant run,” said John.

“He’s got that. When he’s direct, he’s a big threat. I think he broke from nearly the halfway line.”