Good Times

JOHN Sheridan is looking forward to three very different – but equally important – games in the space of eight days for his Argyle side.

The Pilgrims have the opportunity to make progress in all three of the competitions in which they are still involved between this Saturday and next. Their FA Cup first-round tie on Saturday against AFC Fylde is followed by a trip to the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday night, to take on Coventry City in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Area quarter-final clash.

Then it is back to the Theatre of Greens next Saturday to host Sky Bet League 2 opponents Portsmouth – a game to be shown live on Sky, complete with plenty of pre-match pageantry as part of our annual Armed Services Day match, headlined by a performance from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Plymouth.

Whilst some clubs may worry about this sort of fixture congestion, Sheridan is looking forward to seeing his in-form team take part in three of their most important games so far this season.

“It is exciting, and they are good games, but we can make it even more exciting, and that is what I expect us to do,” said John. “It is important that we get in the next round [of the FA Cup]). Everyone expects us to win, and I expect us to win, but we have got to earn the right.

“Then Coventry is another really good game for us. Whatever team I put out, we will put up a fight and try and get in the hat for the semi-final. It is our best chance of getting to Wembley.

“Then when you talk about the Portsmouth game live on Sky, there’ll be a big crowd, and we have to go back to concentrating on the League.

“They are all good games, and we can make it even more exciting with a couple of good results.”