JOHN Sheridan made a public apology to the Green Army in the immediate aftermath of the Pilgrims’ 3-0 Home Park defeat by Wycombe Wanderers.“I apologise to the supporters,” he said. “I expect a lot better, and definitely expect a lot more fight.
“Once the first goal went in, we just went under. That’s what’s disappointed me more than anything else.”
Sam Wood broke a deadlocked game in the 70th minute with a 30-yard strike and, within five minutes, Dean Morgan, who played under Sheridan at Chesterfield, made it 2-0. An injury-time third by Billy Knott completed a miserable afternoon for home supporters.
“As a manger, I don’t think I’ve lost many games to that sort of scoreline,” said John. “There was a lot of belief before the game that we could win it and I expected a lot better. It’s a shame that we came out with nothing and a poor display.
“There’s no excuse. I’m not making excuses. Training’s been brilliant all week. I can’t fault the way we train. It’s down to [the players] at the end of the day when they go onto the pitch.
“Once the first goal went in – and I’ve not said this before – I think our heads went and we were hiding a little bit.
“It was a poor goal. We were probably on top of the game at the time. The first half was evenly matched. For the second half, we came out and, for 15-20 minutes, we were probably the better team but, once the goal went in, we went to pieces.
“I’m struggling to explain myself because I just didn’t see it coming.
“It was a frustrating afternoon. [Wycombe] came to frustrate us and, full credit to them, they did what they had to do. They have had three shots and scored three goals. I don’t think Luke’s really saved anything.
“Sometimes I have to say to myself ‘Take it on the chin – you weren’t good enough to win, to get anything out of the game’ and I have just got to accept it sometimes. Probably the better team won on the day.”