On Point

JOHN Sheridan praised his side’s desire to pick up a point against AFC Wimbledon in tough conditions.

Argyle recorded their first goalless draw in the league for one day short of a year at Kingsmeadow, managing to fend off League 2’s fourth-highest goalscorers in the process.

The game was also played on a difficult surface at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, far different from the pitch at Home Park that gives the Greens every chance to play their preferred, fluid style of football.

“I thought we battled it out, and a draw was a fair result,” said John.

“It is another clean sheet, and we are getting into good habits, but obviously we all want to win.

“For both teams, the work ethic was there, but it was difficult conditions. The pitch was a bit dry and bobbly, and obviously there was the wind. 

“In a 3-5-2 you do want to try and play in and around their midfield, with their 4-4-2. But we just did not really get going with our passing game; it was difficult conditions but that is no excuse. 

“It could be a good point in the end, so I am pleased with it. It is still early days in the season, and there are lots and lots of points to play for.

Indeed, the point still leaves Argyle in a playoff position, having played many of the other teams surrounding them. The manager, however, is keen to not to take any opposition lightly, including Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

“I said before the three games (starting with Carlisle) that seven points out of nine would be a good comeback from the previous three games,” said John, “so obviously we have got to go and try and win the game against Cheltenham now.

“It is a very tight league; I just saw some of the results, and the top two were beaten tonight. It is very hard to predict. It is very evenly-matched division and no game is easy. 

“You have got to work hard to get something from each game you play, no matter if you are playing a team near the bottom or top. Everyone can beat each other in this league.”