Roving Brief

SATURDAY'S trip to the Wirral to face Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League 2 offers Argyle a chance to go for a hat-trick.

The Pilgrims - having beaten Shrewsbury Town in the league and Swindon Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - are searching for a third consecutive victory.

Argyle’s away form has been patchy this season, mustering just three points from five games on their travels, but manager John Sheridan is determined to turn his side’s away day misfortunes around, going into Saturday’s clash against Rovers.

Argyle's four road defeats have all been by the odd goal, having conceded first. In contrast, on every one of the six occasions the Pilgrims have been victorious this campaign they have opened the scoring.

“I felt the only game where we weren’t really in was the first half at Bury, but other than that we’ve been well in every game," said Sheridan.

“We’ve been creating, and sometimes I think it’s just getting that first goal.

“We got to start to chip away, start trying to pick up points away from home. We’re not far away getting a result.

“Home form is decent at the moment, but we’d like to pick up one or two points away from home, and that’s what we’ll do, and we’ll try and win the game on Saturday”.

Tranmere Rovers have had a poor start to the season, managing just one win in front of their own fans.

However, despite their position - only just above the relegation zone on goal difference - Sheridan believes that Rovers, who appointed Rob Edwards, former Exeter City assistant manager, as their first team boss in the close season, are a good side, and that they will be up for the challenge come Saturday.

“I don’t look at where they are in the league," said John, "as I’ve watched them myself, and they’re playing well, so I’m expecting a really tough game.

“Coming from Exeter, he’s got them playing a little like Exeter. Passing and moving the ball well.

“I’ve been to Tranmere a few times as a manager, and it’s a tough place to go.
“They’re fighting for their lives, I know it’s early on in the season, but they want to get a good positive result and it’ll be a really tough game.”