JOHN Sheridan was delighted to see his Argyle side get back on track with a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United.Coming off of two consecutive defeats, including their first home loss of the season against Wycombe Wanderers, Sheridan’s Greens returned to Home Park desperate for three points – and after a strong start, Argyle got their breakthrough after 14 minutes.
After becoming a father earlier in the week, Marvin Morgan celebrated in the best way possible, providing an excellent turn and finish from inside the area. In a game that the Pilgrims dominated, second-half substitute Nathan Thomas put the game beyond doubt thirteen minutes from time, breaking Hartlepool’s offside trap and coolly slotting home.
The comfortable victory was a breath of fresh air for fans, players and manager alike, and the gaffer knows the importance of the result:
“After two defeats, to come back with a win is good,” said John. “Three points is the most important thing; obviously a good performance is good when you can get one.
“I thought we started okay. We obviously get a good goal, and then I thought the game was there to go on and get a second goal and make the game a bit easier.
“I was happy with the second half – obviously not with the injuries that we picked up. It does not really concern me who scores the goals. I think it was just important that we got back to winning ways, stay in the pack and get three points.
“Now we have got to go to Accrington – again, another tough game – but it is a game I believe we can win.
“It is always good to keep a clean sheet. Luke’s made a good save just before half time. I do not think he got bothered too much, even though one or two players have come in: Ben (Purrington) has come in, Carl (McHugh) came in at centre half, and I thought he looked really composed when he went there. I thought Dom Blizzard was excellent today."
John also picked out the performance of Thomas - who came on at the start of the second half for the injured Reuben Reid – applauding his ability to not just take his scoring opportunity, but also take his chance to show what he can do in front of the Home Park faithful.
Said John: “It was a good finish, and he is a good finisher. He has got that confidence in him, and he kicks the ball with pace.
“They all want to do well, I want to do well, and I think we are all coming from the same boat.
“I think all the players will tell you I appreciate every one of them. I even said to them the other day that my hardest job as a manager is picking the team. I can only pick 11.
“I expect then to be upset and I expect them to be grumpy – if they did not, I probably would not want them in the team.
“I am pleased for the two lads who scored. Hopefully it will give them that boost now.”