JOHN Sheridan is looking for his Argyle side to improve their away form to make up for an unlikely home defeat to Oxford United.As the Pilgrims reached the halfway point of their Sky Bet League 2 season, they were handed just their second home defeat of the campaign, as the Yellows’ superior strength in numbers paid dividends in their 2-1 win.
Lewis Alessandra’s composed finish after 19 minutes was just reward for another impressive start to a Greens game at Home Park, but a red card picked up by Aaron Bentley 15 minutes later changed the face of the game, as John Campbell and James Roberts scored in the second half for a smash-and-grab victory.
It is a rare blip for a terrific run of form for Sheridan’s side at the Theatre of Greens, so the boss has urged the team to improve their results on the road to maintain their push for promotion.
“I just want to carry on,” said John. “Take it on the chin; we have been beaten, but just carry with those performance levels and we will win lots of games.
“It is just a real downer, but I think we are playing really well at home. I just want to carry on, and hopefully we can pick our away form up, because we have got two tough away games coming up.
“We will go and try and get something back from what we have lost from the last two games.”
Those two upcoming trips to kick off 2015 are against York City and Southend United, and Sheridan is optimistic that Peter Hartley or Curtis Nelson may be able to play some part in those games.
Said John: “We will have just to wait and see what happens. There is not a lot I can do really.
“We are hoping Pete or Nelson will be ready soon, but obviously it is down to them. They know their bodies better than me, and if they are not fit we will have to work our way around it.”