Frustrated But Fair

ARGYLE’S failure to score against Newport was not the only thing that frustrated manager John Sheridan on Tuesday.

“We didn’t keep possession of the ball in the final third, or in the opposition’s half, for long enough periods,” he said. 

“When it did go forward, we lost possession and it was coming back at us. Even from ’keeper’s kicks, the ball was coming back too easily against us.

“We have got to work a lot, lot harder to create opportunities and to cause the opposition more problems.

“I think the draw was a fair result. I don’t think one team was better than another. [Newport] are well organised, compact, and played a similar system to us.”

In the end, though, John was unable to stay away from the gripe that has plagued his team’s progress since September 7, and that despite him recalling Lewis Alessandra and Andre Blackman for the midweek fixture.

He said: “We all know what the problem is – it’s putting the ball in the back of the net.

“We know the importance of winning the game and we haven’t – we’ve had another blank.

“I was trying to look for a goal so I went with more of an attacking line-up, with us being at home. I don’t think it worked out because we haven’t won the game.”