AFTER their 1-0 defeat to Luton Town, Argyle manager John Sheridan is looking for the players to remain organised as a group and focus on the same goal: getting out of Sky Bet League 2.The Greens suffered their second defeat in a row at Home Park thanks to a single Hatters goal scored by Andrew Drury from a short corner routine, his shot skimming under the legs of Carl McHugh and into the far corner.
The result has seen Sheridan’s side removed from the League 2 play-off places, as their run of games without a win stretches to five. That run needs to end fast if the team’s objective of promotion is to be achieved, and the boss believes the key to getting out of the rut is maintaining togetherness in the camp.
“The run we are on at the moment is not good enough to get in the playoffs or get out of the division, so we have just got to stay together,” he said.
“I have just said to the players that they have got to be strong, and that is what I will keep instilling in them.
“I think we just need to stay strong, and hopefully the players will react, work hard, and get back to winning ways."
Five games without tasting victory is far from encouraging, but keeping in mind that the Pilgrims went seven league games without having to experience defeat earlier in the season, Sheridan knows that a change in fortunes can only be a game away – if the team remain committed to making up for previous results.
“We have just got to look after each other," said John, "take whatever comes because you are on a bad run. I totally understand that two points from five games is not good enough. I will accept that, but I am not going to turn around and say we are a bad team all of a sudden.
“When you are in a position where you are all hungry to get out of the division – and we were very hopeful five games ago – I totally understand that.
“I thought we would be still up there around the top two or three, looking at the fixtures. But we have not got the results, and we have not played as well as we have done.
“We could have had three or four more points, but we have not, and I have just got to face that.”