Pointer Setter

AFTER losing 3-0 to Sky Bet League 1 side Sheffield United, John Sheridan has urged his players to take some pointers from playing against higher-league opposition.

The Pilgrims were denied a place in the FA Cup third round by a Blades side who shrugged off their indifferent home form – as well as an impressive hour of football from the Greens – to run out 3-0 winners at Bramall Lane.

Two penalties in the second half from former Everton player Jose Baxter, followed by a last-minute strike from Marc McNulty, eventually eased Nigel Clough’s side past Argyle, who struggled to recapture their strong first half showing in the latter stages.

“We were down – you could see it in the players – but we kept going and did not give up,” said Sheridan. 

“Things just did not go our way, and Sheffield United made it difficult for us in the last 15 minutes.  I do not think we finished the game very well. Our heads went down after probably the second goal, and it was difficult for us to get back in it. 

“I think we could have done better with the ball. I think there were great opportunities to break and cause them even more problems. We looked lively at times, when we did take care of the ball. 
“We have just got to learn these little things, like how they keep the ball and make the game look simple. That is what we have got to try and get in our game.

“Know what you are good at and stick to it: that is what makes good players.”