Going For It At Burton
4th April 2014
WHEN his Argyle side visit fifth-placed Burton Albion on Saturday, John Sheridan will not approaching with caution.The Argyle boss’ focus is on three points, not one.
“We’re going to go there and attack, I’ll tell you that,” said John. “We need to win the game.”
“We’re going to go for it.”
After being frustrated by a draw away to Accrington and a defeat at home to Exeter – both from winning positions – Shez is not prepared to let a couple of poor second half performances mar what has been a progressive 2014 for the Pilgrims.
His focus is now on extracting maximum points as often as possible in the remaining septet of games remaining in the season.
He said: “We know what we have to do, and we know how to go about it: we’ve just got to try to win every game. That’s exactly what we’re going to try and do.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the last two games. Usually when we’ve been in the lead we’ve come out winners. It was disappointing to only pick up one point from the two games. It’s not what I really wanted.
“I’m not going to let the last two results affect the way I think we’ve been doing. I think we’ve been doing really well. We’ve picked up and have been consistent. The last two results have just put a bit of a downer on where we’ve got to.”
To aid Argyle in their play-off bid, and to bolster the options on an attacking front, John has added giant forward Enoch Showunmi on loan until the end of the season.
There is a space available in the Argyle frontline alongside Reuben Reid. Lewi Alessandra was injured in the 2-1 home win over Chesterfield, and replaced during the game by Tope Obadeyi. The latter featured in the next two games, but has now returned to parent club Bury.
There are a plethora of options available to Sheridan. He could thrust Showunmi straight into the team, or could go with another big centre-forward in Marvin Morgan. He may instead opt for the more subtle talents of Rommy Boco or Jason Banton. Or, of course, it could be neither, and a complete change of approach. No-one, save for the gaffer, yet knows.
“I know what my team is going to be,” grinned Sheridan, enigmatically. And that was the end of the matter.
The gaffer did, though, elucidate on the reasons for bringing in Showunmi, and acknowledged the competition he now has.
“He’ll give us something different. I’ve always liked him. He’s got experience in higher divisions, and he’s a presence; he’ll give us something different. Hopefully he’ll keep the ball in high areas.
“I’ve got Lewi, Rommy and Banton, but Enoch, Marvin and Reuben give us that physical presence. It was important that I got a body in to see us through the run-in.”