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JOHN Sheridan refused to be content with a draw, after another late Argyle equaliser salvaged a point for his team.

A dramatic 96th minute strike from Lewis Alessandra ensured a third consecutive 1-1 draw at Home Park, after Matt Rhead put visitors Mansfield Town ahead fifteen minutes from time.

Whilst being satisfied with the Pilgrims' late rally that fans are becoming accustomed to, the manager is eager for his side to be ones in the ascendancy throughout the game.

Said John: "Again, we finished the game really strongly, I wish we played like that in the first 60 or 70 minutes, and it was the same against Cheltenham.

"It's a shame really, because I'd like us to start how we finish - it would give us an advantage."

Whilst Mansfield's lead was quite possibly against the run of play, Argyle seemed to lack a killer instinct in the final third - and John knows this played a part in costing his side a win today.

"Even in the first half, I thought we got into some good positions, but it was just the wrong pass - sometimes balls behind players or to the side - that let us down," said Sheridan.

"They cost you in the end. I think the game was there for us if we wanted it.

"It's hard, and I fully understand the supporters; I keep saying after games that I want us to push on and get in the playoffs. We all want that.

"The draining thing, that frustrates us all, is not winning games at home. If we did, we could put ourselves in a really good position."

The solution to the Greens' current lack of home proficiency is simple in John's eyes: Pick up wins away from home, and bring that form with them back to Devon.

"I think we've just got to try and get points as quickly as possible. I don't want to keep saying the same thing, but to get anything back from these games, we have to go and win two away games."

John continued: "In games like this - where it gets a bit drabby - it puts everyone on a bit of a downer, but we've just got to kick on.

"We went to the final minute and showed great resilience. Now we just have to win some away games."