Formation Thoughts

THERE is a lot of debate about systems in football; is 4-4-2 dead? Should you play 4-5-1 at home? Can 4-3-3 be too narrow?

But Argyle manager John Sheridan will not be drawn into that discussion; he will pick a side and formation that suits the opposition and his selection policy for Saturday’s game against Gillingham will be no different.

“Whatever team I pick will hopefully give them a problem and hopefully help us to get a good result,” said a resolute John.

“I’ll play any system as long as I think it can cause the opposition problems and if it think it’ll make us strong and better organised, it won’t bother me who I play or what system I play as long as the player understand what we’re trying to do and carry it out into the game.”

John opted for a 4-3-3 formation for the visit of Barnet last weekend and has not ruled out implementing it again at the home of the league leaders this weekend.

He said: “I thought it worked. We looked more confident on the ball and we kept it for longer periods.

“We were winning possession and pressured the opposition higher up the pitch and in a lot better position and we got our rewards.

“We moved the ball when we had it and looked a bit more confident which helped us to go on and get the win we wanted.

“If we can believe and build on last week’s performance and take it into the game, then we’ll have a chance.”