One for the Team
1st January 2014
JOHN Sheridan has praised his side's second half performance in their 2-0 victory over Torquay United.Two second half goals against their local rivals gave Argyle a third win in four games; this being probably the most dominant of them all.
The Greens dominated large spells of the game, as the Gulls battled against attack after attack, before conceding to a brilliantly taken goal from Caolan Lavery from close range on the hour mark.
"Caolan's shown great anticipation and quality in his goal,” said the gaffer. ”I think we were pushing for that goal before we scored it, and afterwards, we kept them on the back foot.”
The manager was eager to compliment the second half efforts of not just his on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker, but all four attacking players: Reuben Reid, Andres Gurrieri, Lewis Alessandra and, of course, Lavery.
"I thought we were quality in the second half,” he said. “Our front four really caused them problems. That stretched the game, and enabled us to get higher up the pitch.
"Again, it was a great team performance.”
Five minutes from time, a cross from Conor Hourihane set up Alessandra to put to bed a game that could have been over much sooner, thanks to a commanding team effort from start to finish.
Speaking about his half time team talk, Sheridan said: "I just asked the lads to pick it up five or ten per cent.
"I think we should've scored one or two goals in the first half, but we didn't take our chances. I think the players responded to that, so full credit to them."
Argyle now sit in 12th position in Sky Bet League 2, five points away from a playoff position - and one point in front of Exeter City.