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POLL: John Sheridan: Plymouth Argyle were quality in the second half

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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MANAGER John Sheridan was delighted with a ‘very good team performance’ as Plymouth Argyle started 2014 with a Devon derby win.

Second half goals from on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery and winger Lewis Alessandra saw the Pilgrims beat Torquay United 2-0 at rain-lashed Home Park.

Argyle picked up 10 points out of a possible 12 over the busy Christmas and New Year period, and scored eight times along the way.

They are now up to 12th in the League Two table, and within range of the play-off positions.

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Sheridan said: “I think we should have scored one or two goals in the first half but we didn’t take our chances.

“I asked the players to pick it up five or 10 per cent at half-time.

“Full credit to them, I thought we came out and were quality in the second half. We really got them (Torquay) on the back foot.

“My front four were causing them problems. It stretches the game and enables us to move the ball and get higher up the pitch.

“It was a very good team performance again. I think you can see the will-to-win, and the desire to try to get something out of the games at this moment in time.

“We are showing a bit of consistency. We all know what we are doing.”

Lavery fired Argyle into the lead in the 60th minute and Sheridan praised his anticipation for reacting first to a loose ball inside the Torquay penalty area.

The 21-year-old beat ‘keeper Michael Poke with a low first-time shot at his near post.

Sheridan said: “It was great anticipation from Caolan. We were pushing for the goal, and we got it, and we had them on the back foot.”

Alessandra put Argyle 2-0 up in the 85th minute when he got on the end of an inviting cross from captain Conor Hourihane.

It took Alessandra’s goal tally for the season to seven in all competitions.

Sheridan said: “It was a great ball from Conor and Lewi has got in there and scored a great header.”

Torquay were fortunate not to have Poke sent-off in the first half for a wild challenge on Lavery.

The incident took place outside the Gulls’ penalty area and referee Keith Stroud only deemed it worthy of a yellow card.

Sheridan said: “I don’t want anyone getting sent-off. I just don’t understand the rules – that’s what I’m puzzled with.

“Anywhere else on the pitch, he (Poke) would have got sent off. He has nearly killed Caolan, to be fair.

“Fortunately, he’s a tough lad. He got up and hasn’t milked it. It was a terrible challenge.

“It could have been really bad – say he had broken his leg – and the lad gets a booking. It was very reckless.”

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  • eddie_taylor  |  January 02 2014, 9:55AM

    Port Vale, the FA cup, a nice game to get a result from and possibly some extra cash into the coffers, to enabling a reduction in our debts, even a lucrative tie in the next round; but our main aim must be to get out of league 2 and we do not need any distractions from that cause. First game of 2014 had all of the ingredients for a classic, Torquay playing for survival and pride, Argyle striving for a push up the table and the all important bragging rights. Neither team shirked their responsibilities, but Argyle proved why they are on the up and Torquay are floundering at the foot of the table. The second half saw a big gulf between the two teams and the fact we are not dependant on a few players, for us it was a magnificent team performance justly rewarded, despite some poor refereeing decisions and badly sighted linesmen. We are not the finished article yet, by a long shot, but Sherri is getting us there slowly and surely; it may not be too late even for this season, as there is still a long way to go and loads of points to play for. January could be our defining month with games against some of the top teams in the division, beat them and we do ourselves a lot of good promotion wise. "Happy New Year" to all Argyle fans, the team and management.

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  • DavidMason  |  January 02 2014, 9:35AM

    Well done lad's, not just for yesterday but for all over the festive period, the way you have put your hearts into the recent run of games has been outstanding, no more kicking the ball up the pitch hoping it will reach someone, now, when the ball goes forward we expect to go to someone to put it in the net. Don't worry too much about Port Vale on Sunday, it would be nice to win or even draw but let's concentrate on the league we've now got other teams in the league looking over their shoulders wondering where we have suddenly come from especially after where we were this time last season, Thank you Pilgrim Fathers for giving us a great Christmas.

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  • bikerlad707  |  January 02 2014, 9:03AM

    the lads did very well . bring it on Port Vale .

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  • Stokedave  |  January 02 2014, 5:05AM

    Some of the best football I have seen at Home Park in many a year; it was a joy to watch in what was very difficult connditions.

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      Who was your Argyle man-of-the-match against Torquay?

      Lavery: 58%

      58% of the vote

      Alessandra: 11%

      11% of the vote

      Purrington: 8%

      8% of the vote

      Hourihane: 7%

      7% of the vote

      Reid: 4%

      4% of the vote

      McCormick: 3%

      3% of the vote

      Blanchard: 3%

      3% of the vote

      Gurrieri: 3%

      3% of the vote

      Blizzard: 3%

      3% of the vote

      Nelson: 1%

      1% of the vote

      Trotman: 0%

      0% of the vote

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