Body Blow

FOLLOWING Argyle’s 2-1 loss to Exeter City, John Sheridan spoke candidly of his disappointment of not getting the League 2 win that the Green Army craved.

Second-half goals from Liam Sercombe and Eliot Richards nullified Reuben Reid’s penalty after 45 minutes to inflict a body-blow felt by everyone involved with the Pilgrims – not least the manager.

“We could have been on the up right now, and I could have been all jolly tonight, but inside I’m hurting, because I knew the importance of the game for everyone,” said John, who seemed visibly disheartened following the result.

“It’s obviously a downer, especially for the supporters. I really wanted to win this one for the fans, so they could have bragging rights over local rivals.
“In the second half, we just dropped ten yards back, and why we do that, I will never know. I’m screaming from the sidelines, telling them all this.

“I can’t keep looking at my players one week, saying ‘he’s a good player,’ when I’m looking at a different player another week. It’s just hard to take sometimes.”

This loss to the Greens’ biggest rivals has not sat well at all with the manager, who now has to wait ten days until another fixture and a chance for his players to put things right and climb back into the play-off places.

John said: “We’ve got a break now, but I wish we had a game on Saturday, to just get this result out of the way. Now we’ve got a long, long wait for the next game, which is another tough one.

“We know what we’ve got to do, but we’re making it very, very hard for ourselves.”