In Support of Supporters
JOHN Sheridan is grateful to the Green Army for their support – and is dying to give them something serious to cheer about in May.
Argyle have frequently entered and exited the top seven in the Sky Bet League 2 table in recent weeks, and will need to be among those positions when the season finishes on May 2 to secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs.
An inconsistent 2015 so far has seen Argyle go seven without a win before grabbing four victories in succession, followed by two further defeats, then a win.
In a Plymouth pub, on an Argyle message board or on the supporters coach on the way to Oxford this Saturday, you are likely to find plenty who believe Argyle can make it into the play-offs, and others with their doubts. Such is the nature of football.
Sheridan is in the former camp. He believes his side have what it takes, and is asking the Green Army to follow their team for another 11 – or maybe 14 – games, where celebrations may be appropriate.
This Saturday sees a visit to Oxford United, where Argyle won a cracking Boxing Day clash 3-2 last season. That day saw a travelling support of 700 roar the Pilgrims on to victory. This time round, the number is expected to be at least into four figures.
“It’s hard for supporters,” said John. “They pay their money, and football is up, down, up, down; that’s just the way it is. Everyone wants to win all the time, but that doesn’t happen. You can’t win every game, but when you do win, you want to enjoy it.
“While we’ve got something to aim for, it’s for is good for the supporters. They’ve got a bit of belief and they’ve been right behind us all season.
“I know we’ll have a big support there, and hopefully we’ll carry on winning and give them something at the end of the season. That’s the time to celebrate, and you’ll probably see me celebrating more than anyone – when we’ve achieved something.”