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The Professionals

20 November 2013

Argyle manager John Sheridan hailed the performance of his players as "very professional", after brushing Lincoln City aside in their FA Cup First Round Replay.

Once Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra had put the Greens ahead in the fourth and fifth minutes respectively, the game already looked tied up against a leggy-looking Lincoln side. Once Reuben doubled his tally with a penalty after 24 minutes, Argyle were cruising, but the boss wasn't one for complacency.

"I don't know if you're watching me but I'm still moaning from the sidelines at 4-0 and 5-0,” said Sheridan, "I want us to do things well. No disrespect to Lincoln, but when we made mistakes, I don't think Lincoln punished us."

Being 4-0 up at half time, the second half always had a struggle on its' hands to live up to the opening 45 minutes, but a 65th minute strike from Alessandra - officially given as an own goal by Imps defender Andrew Boyce - put some gloss on a very stylish and confident Argyle performance.

"I thought it was a very professional performance," John said, "The main thing was getting through the tie, but I thought some of the football we played was outstanding. I know that Lincoln are a league below us, but when we passed the ball, it was very positive, and to get 5 goals and a clean sheet again can only give us confidence. I thought we got the game won early on in the first half.

"We got them on the back foot, and I said that to the players. I told the lads at half time I wanted more goals. Jake's made a great save at 1-0, so it could've been different, but I think we totally dominated the game, and I think in most games when you're four or five up, you take your foot off the gas and get lackadaisical, which we did at times, but it was a very good performance."

The Greens' reward for their 5-0 triumph is another home tie against another non-league side, Welling United, on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of December. However, the manager knows no chickens will counted in the Home Park coop.

"I said to the players that they've got an opportunity, but I didn't take Lincoln lightly," said John, "It was a tough game at their ground, so I told the players to not take them lightly, because if you do you'll come unstuck.

"We know who we're playing next round - we've got another non-league team (Welling Utd) so it just gives us a really good opportunity. Welling will be a very tough game. We'll take it very seriously, we'll have them watched, and we know they can be a threat on their day if we're not at the races, but we were at the races today, and that was a big plus for us. We didn't give them a chance to get in the game, and I thought we really punished them."


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