At A Loss

WITHIN half an hour of Argyle’s 2-0 defeat by Carlisle, Pilgrims’ manager John Sheridan was juggling with the delicate challenge of balancing his dissatisfaction...

...with his players’ shortcomings at Brunton Park with the need to raise them for a vital game at Home Park next Saturday.

Despite the loss, the Pilgrims remain in the Sky Bet League 2 play-off places with two matches of the season to play, the first of which is against bottom side Tranmere Rovers.

“What do I do?” John asked rhetorically. “Do I keep going on about how poor we played today? I’ve said it now so everyone knows. Or do I start from now and try to pick them up for the big game on Saturday?

“Do I be on a real downer? We have got a massive game next week. I am not satisfied with the way we played, not one little bit. I am a very angry man at the moment, but can I show them I am really angry?

“Whether I’m expecting too much of them, I don’t know, but we have got some good payers in there and while we have still got an opportunity – we’re very fortunate in my eyes ; results keep going our way – we are still in with a shout.

“I don’t know if we think football, some of us, 100 percent of the time. Most good footballers do. You are focused as a footballer to want to achieve something and be a winner. You can’t go out and just give a performance one week and then I don’t see you for two or three weeks. It’s just no good to me.

“[Carlisle] worked harder than us. I can’t make a player run around or work, or show enthusiasm. I can shout at him, but I can’t make him do it.

“Our performance and team selection is not at a standard that it should be.”