Take Good Care

ARGYLE’S 2-0 victory against Northampton Town was not without its shaky moments, and John Sheridan has called for his team to take more care of the ball in winning situations.

Every good manager needs to be a bit of a perfectionist, and Sheridan’s obsessiveness with crafting a winning side has seen his attention turn to a period in the second half of his side’s win that Northampton dominated.

Chris Wilder’s side looked to find an equaliser after Anthony O’Connor’s first Argyle goal forged his team ahead in the first half, and the Cobblers enjoyed plenty of possession and opportunities after the restart. Lewis Alessandra’s 86th minute goal made sure of the three points for the Pilgrims, but Sheridan will not let the glory of victory distract him from ironing out potential issues that could hinder the team in the future.

“Because of the importance of the game, and you’re playing a team in really good form,” said John, “I just felt as though we could’ve seen the game out a little bit easier – not that they’ve had many chances.

“I just thought they were controlling the game without really hurting us. I would’ve liked to effect the game a little bit more. We had the one-goal lead, and I felt as though if we were a little bit braver on the ball, we could’ve caused them more problems in the second half. 

“I think it’s just a case of switching the play and taking care of the ball. When we did that, I thought we caused them lots of problems.”