JOHN Sheridan knows that Argyle need a victory soon to maintain their push for promotion......and believes his side can turn things around with three points against Morecambe.
A run of five games without a win has seen the Greens slip out of the Sky Bet League 2 play-off places, including losses to other high-flying teams such as Luton Town and Newport County.
Morecambe enjoyed an excellent start to the season, that leaves them just as capable of ending the campaign in the top seven as Sheridan’s side. A win on Saturday could be the catalyst for another impressive run of form for the Pilgrims - but the boss knows any potential victory over the Shrimps will be a hard-earned one.
“I think Jim Bentley has done an excellent job there at Morecambe,” said John. “I think he does really well to have them where they are, and they can beat any team in this division.
“They are very hard to play against, always well-organised, and they have got one or two decent players. [Kevin] Ellison and [Jack] Redshaw up front are always a threat, and we are very wary of that.
“They will come and make it very hard for us. Again, it is a home game for us and I expect us to go and win the game.”
The odds of notching up that win have no doubt been bolstered by two more additions to the Argyle squad since that Luton defeat – Bobby Reid and Ryan Brunt – as well as some of the names clogging up the extensive injury list nearing full fitness.
“I am hoping to have one or two back," said John. "[Ollie] Norburn has been back training, [Lee] Coxy will be back. Obviously Ryan is here from last week, Bobby is here from last week, so hopefully there will be one or two more. There are still one or two with a chance for Saturday.
“When you are on a good run, you want to keep everyone. I usually knew what team I was going to pick, but since Newport we have picked up injuries.
“Throughout the season we have stayed clear of them, but for some reason we are picking up these niggling injuries, where it is one or two weeks, or two or three games, they miss.
“Again, I try not to make it as an excuse. I do not go on about injured players. No disrespect, but they are not any good to me because they are not playing. I have got to worry about the ones that are fit. I will put a team out that will try and win us the game."
Indeed, any distractions from concentrating on the game would have been done away with during the week’s build-up, as Sheridan and the lads are determined to return to the sort of form that will see them climb back up the table.
“Not being disrespectful to Morecambe: I am more worried about my team,” he said. “We have got to get back to winning ways.
“Two points from five games is not what we wanted, and not what we expected. I have got to get that belief back in the players.
“I said it before the Luton game: we have got a period of games where, when you look on paper, you could catch a few points up, and that is what we have got to do.
“I could talk all day but it is about going on the pitch and being positive, and getting back to winning ways. That is what I will be installing in the players.”