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Rocking for Robins

23 January 2014

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ARGYLE manager John Sheridan has pledged to go on the attack as the Pilgrims chase their Sky Bet League 2 play-off dreams...

...starting with the visit of Cheltenham Town to Home Park on Saturday.

Argyle have 20 matches left to lift themselves from 11th place in to the division’s top seven and John said: “We’re going to try and win every game; we’re going to try and be attacking-minded and we’re going to see where it takes us.

“I’ve looked to see what will get us into the play-offs and I’ve worked it out. It will be difficult, but I think we can achieve it.

“We have got 20 games left and we need to win as many as we can as quickly as possible and that’s what we’re going to try and do.

“I’ve told the players that we need to attack teams and try and win games if we want to try to get anywhere. We want to push up the table and go for it in the last 20 games.”

First in line to attempt to dent that ambition are Mark Yates’ Cheltenham, something of play-off specialists themselves recently and a side that Argyle have beaten once this season, as well as knocking out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in a penalty shoot-out.

John said: “They have got a bit of momentum. They’re pushing – they’re similar to us – and they have got good players and a good gaffer who knows what he’s doing.

“For the last two years, he’s got them in the play-offs, and he’ll have the belief that they can do it again this year, something that we’re aiming to do. So he’ll be trying to spur on his players and I expect a tough game.”

A tough game was what Argyle received at Rochdale a week earlier – alongside a 3-0 defeat – and John said: “I expected us to do a lot better. I just felt we looked really flat in the first half, which I didn’t really expect. We got going in second half, but it wasn’t to be and we didn’t deserve anything.

“It was a shame as we were playing against one of the in-form teams in the league – they’re a good footballing side – and we just didn’t perform.

“But it’s gone now and we have just got to concentrate on the Cheltenham game and get back to winning ways.”


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