1st November 2014
JOHN Sheridan praised his side’s character to recover from going a goal behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Burton Albion.The Pirelli Stadium played host to two of the most in-form sides in Sky Bet League 2, with Argyle looking to extend their unbeaten run in the division to seven games. It was a feat they achieved, but it came at the cost of ending their near run of nearly 600 minutes without conceding a goal in the league.
The familiar name of Alex MacDonald was the first to trouble the score-sheet of Argyle’s opposition in almost nine hours of football, turning home his scuffed shot from inside the area after 31 minutes.
“I thought we were a bit flat in the first half,” said John.
“We needed to play 10 or 15 yards further up the field. If they are going to play, then let them try and play in behind us, rather than let them play everything in front of us.”
The Greens battled back, though, and Reuben Reid’s dogged and determined run led to him being brought down inside the hosts’ area by Phil Edwards. Referee Charles Brakespear pointed to the spot, and Reid picked himself to place the penalty past Dean Lyness in the Brewers’ goal.
The ninth goal of the season for Argyle’s number 9 was just reward for a Greens’ side that battled hard to stay in the game and force at least a point from the game – something that Sheridan was extremely pleased to see.
“The character was there, and you can see that we are not going to give in,” he said.
“Reuben’s done well to get the penalty, and I’m pleased he’s put it away.
“Maybe last season we may have ended up losing the game 2-0 or 3-0, but I thought we showed character.
“Obviously I would have liked to have won the game, and we have played better, but we have come to a team who are going really well this season.
“It was a tough game, and the most pleasing thing is to come from behind and get something out of the game.
“I thought we showed a bit of character. I do not think we played well, but the desire to get something out of the game was there.
“If we can get the result we want against Portsmouth, this will look like a really good point.”