JOHN Sheridan feels that his side’s 2-1 defeat to Morecambe does not reflect a mostly positive Pilgrims display.It was the hosts who forged ahead after 19 minutes; a Shrimps free-kick was headed towards goal and flicked home by Kevin Ellison, despite desperate attempts to clear on the line.
Six minutes later, however, Argyle found an equaliser. After Kelvin Mellor’s hard work on the right flank earned the Greens a free kick, Peter Hartley rose above the rest to power home Lewis Alessandra’s set piece – his first goal for the club.
Morecambe stole all three points eight minutes from time, thanks to Jamie Devitt turning home Ellison’s skewed shot. Sheridan believes his side were on the receiving end of a ‘smash and grab’ job at the Globe Arena.
“I was very comfortable watching the game – I did not think we would lose,” said John.
“We played well today. I would have liked to cause their goalkeeper a few more problems, but I thought we looked a decent team.
“I was the probably the quietest I’ve been since coming to Plymouth – I did not have much to shout about.
“Anyone watching the game will tell you that we should not have lost the game.”
Whilst the manager remained upbeat about his side’s performance, he remains extremely eager for the team to have the same belief in their ability that he has.
Said John: “We were controlling the game, but I don’t think they really believed that we could put the pressure on, and cause them more problems. Their ‘keeper has not had too much to do.
“I thought that we were the team that would go on and win the game, if anyone. We were dominating the game but not really affecting it.
“I just wish the players felt a little more hunger, because these are the games you have to try and go on and win.
“Before the first goal, we were totally in control of the game. I do not think we deserved to lose.”