Shez: "I Know Fans Are Hurting"

JOHN Sheridan refused to pay lip service to the Green Army after the Pilgrims’ disappointing defeat at Hartlepool.

Some of the 273 Argyle fans at Victoria Park stayed behind after the final whistle on Saturday to express their unhappiness at the Pilgrims’ 1-0 loss to a side that played with only ten men for more than an hour following the sending-off of Jack Compton.

“I know they are hurting,” said John after the game. “I really appreciate how they support the team, but they don’t want to hear me going on saying that the fans were brilliant – they don't want to hear that at the moment.

“They have gone home and it is very hard to take but they don't want to hear me make excuses, and I'm not going to do that.

“We have got to win games, and I know what they will give us. I don’t want to milk it. When I look at how many we had today…to travel all this way to support the team is unreal.”

The Green Army were not the only ones to make a public display of dissatisfaction on Saturday – striker Reuben Reid acted angrily following his substitution.

John said: “I expect him to be unhappy.

“It doesn’t worry me. I'd do the same thing if I'd come off and I didn't feel as though I should have come off.”