Time to Smile

A VISIBLY elated John Sheridan took a moment to celebrate his side’s 3-1 win over Exeter City with the Green Army, and is looking for more big wins to revel in with the fans.

Sheridan’s Pilgrims recorded a first Argyle victory at St James Park in 14 years, as a hat-trick from Reuben Reid was enough to nullify a first-half strike from Arron Davies, and a questionable red card given to Olly Lee in the second half.

As the dust settled and the teams headed towards the tunnel, Sheridan did away with his usual, composed demeanour, punching the air and shouting in delight towards the 1,682 fans that made the trip up the A38. The boss clearly knew how much the win meant to the supporters, and is eager for the team to create more special moments to share with the fans. 

“It means a lot to me; any victory means a lot to me,” said John. If people think I don’t care, they don’t even know me. Believe me. 

“I know when the time is right to get pumped up and really enjoy things. At this moment in time, we are a long, long way from doing what we want to do, so I have got to stay focused. But I enjoyed that. 

“The fans only two or three weeks ago against Hartlepool were disjointed - that's football. Listen, I enjoy these days better than at Hartlepool, put it that way! 

“Hopefully we will have a few more of these. I want to do well with the club, that’s all I am looking at.”

As Sheridan points out, whilst the victory over the Grecians is arguably his team’s best of the season, it will count for nothing if they don’t continue their revival in form, recording four straight victories. Upcoming games against fellow promotion contenders are now what John is focusing on.

“I have told them in there that we have done nothing yet,” he said. “We have got three very tough games coming up, starting with Bury. 

“They are teams in and around us, so we have got to stay in there, compete with them, and just carry on what we are doing. If we keep winning games, everything takes care of itself. 

“I will stay focused. I will stay on top of the players and make sure they do everything right.”