“DON’T worry, about a thing; ‘cos every little thing, is gonna be alright…”
The Green Army took it upon themselves to rouse Argyle after they fell 3-0 behind in their play-off semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers, and John Sheridan believes they were the driving force behind their spirited fightback.
After goals in the first half from Paul Hayes and Aaron Holloway, followed by a 52nd minute strike by Steven Craig looked to have left the Pilgrims without a hope of maintaining their aspirations of promotion from League 2, something quite incredible occurred inside of Home Park.
Despite a witnessing a heart-breaking hour of football, the sea of green surrounding three-quarters of the pitch remained firmly behind their football club, and their constant chanting suddenly broke into a rendition of ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley and The Wailers, accompanied by a dazzling display of thousands of lights from mobile phones.
Sure enough, the display appeared to kick the Greens into action, and late goals from Zak Ansah and Jason Banton have given Sheridan’s team every chance of completing the turnaround in the second leg at Adams Park on Thursday. In his post-match press conference, the boss made a point of immediately making light – pun absolutely intended – of the influence the supporters had in the second half.
“First thing, and this is not me creeping, but I thought our supporters were absolutely outstanding tonight," said John, "and they played a big part in us getting back in the game.”
“I don’t want to be watching. I want to be playing. That’s the way I feel. It absolutely kills me that I’m watching. It was an unbelievable atmosphere. At 3-0 down they right behind the team.
“The atmosphere was brilliant. They were singing at 3-0 when we were down and not playing well. I think the players understand that, as well, and I believe it gave us that lift. We get the goal, which gives the fans even more for the tempo and the atmosphere.”
“They were unbelievable tonight, the supporters, and I know they’ll be unbelievable on Thursday night. We’ll have nearly 2,000 there and we could have taken five or six thousand if we had the tickets.”