Keeping It Going
22nd November 2013
IT goes without saying that Argyle manager John Sheridan wants to take the Pilgrims’ midweek FA Cup with Budweiser form into Saturday’s home Sky Bet League 2 clash against Dagenham & Redbridge.IT goes without saying that Argyle manager John Sheridan wants to take the Pilgrims’ midweek FA Cup with Budweiser form into Saturday’s home Sky Bet League 2 clash against Dagenham & Redbridge.
The 5-0 thrashing of Skrill Premier League Lincoln City more than doubled Argyle’s home goals-tally for the whole season and extended their unbeaten league and match sequence to six matches.
“It keeps our run going and we’ll take that into our game with Dagenham,” said John. “The league programme is the most important to us.
“We have got to try to get on winning streak. It’s a big thing when you are drawing games and staying unbeaten, but you can draw three or win one out of the three and get the same points.
“If you are winning, you find yourself climbing the table – one or two weeks go by and you can climb five or six places. We’ve got two out of the next three at home and [the other is] a local derby, so we have got to be looking to take as many points as we can.”
The five goals against Lincoln were shared by Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra, but midfielder Andres Gurrieri caught the eye in his first start of the season – to such an extent that John, who normally keeps matter of selection close, has said in advance that he will give the Argentinean another go against the Daggers.
He said: “We have got a little bit of confidence and, with Reuben and Lewi scoring goals, it will give us a lift and we will go into the game thinking we can carry on doing that.
“Andres did well for his first game. He will be playing on Saturday. He deserves his place.
“This period is about a squad. There are lots of games, and you’ll get suspensions and injuries. I try to make it clear to the squad to be ready and, when the chance comes along, take it with both hands and try to stay in the team.
“You just don’t know what’s around the corner when you are a player.
“We played really well against Lincoln; we looked confident on the ball; we passed it; we took care of it. That is the way I want us to play, whoever we are playing. I want us to believe in ourselves.
“Whoever was watching us will think we were a really good team on that performance – that’s what we have got to take into the league programme: have some confidence and be brave to pass the ball when we have to.
“Dagenham are going really well and it will be really tough game, like most games are in this division, but it’s a game we can win and we have got to go into it thinking we can win.”