Giving Nothing Away

AS Argyle’s most famous ever FA Cup run began with a 0-0 away draw...

...the Green Army can perhaps take heart from their goal-less first-round encounter in this year’s competition at Skrill Premier League Lincoln City.

The two sides replay at Home Park the week after next following the Sincil Bank stalemate, in which the Pilgrims kept a clean-sheet for the fourth successive match.

It took the time since Argyle have conceded a goal past six and a half hours, but, unlike their two previous games, were unable to find a crucial winning goal.

“It wasn’t for the lack of trying,” said manager John Sheridan. “We’re creating chances and that’s all we can do – if you keep creating, hopefully the goals will come.

“We looked solid again. It’s always hard when you come away from home, and a clean sheet is a good habit.

“We had good possession of the ball, especially in the second half, and, if we’d used it a lot better we could possibly have got one or two goals.

“We created good opportunities; I should think we had probably ten shots. Our ’keeper’s made a good save, but other than that, I thought we were comfortable in the game.

“I keep going on about retaining the ball and I think we do give the ball away cheaply at times, but you could see we can pass [the ball] around, especially in the second-half.

“In the first half, we didn’t really get going. I had a little go at [the players] at half-time and, after that, we were in the game a lot more. We had good opportunities in and around [the Lincoln] box, but possibly didn’t pick the right pass.”