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John Sheridan confident about Argyle's chances against second-placed Chesterfield

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1


Argyle manager John Sheridan returns to his former club, Chesterfield, tomorrow

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MANAGER John Sheridan is in confident mood ahead of Plymouth Argyle’s away game against his former club, Chesterfield, tomorrow (3pm).

The Pilgrims have lost only one of their last 10 outings – including three FA Cup ties – and Sheridan believes they are capable of beating second-placed Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites have not won any of their last four matches, although they did come out on top against Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area semi-finals on Tuesday in a penalty shoot-out.

Sheridan will be returning to the Proact Stadium for the second time as Argyle manager after being sacked by the Spireites at the start of last season.

He led Chesterfield to the League Two title and lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy during a three-year stint at the Derbyshire club, which ended in August 2012.

Sheridan said: “I had some good times there but I want to go back there and try to win the game with Plymouth.

“They are having a decent season, and (manager) Paul Cook is doing a decent job there.

“But, apart from the other night, when they got through the cup tie on penalties (against Oldham), they have had one or two poor results.

“We are in decent form ourselves so we will go there confident that we can get something from the game.

“Just because I have been there (as manager) before, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t think about it any more.

“I’m concentrating on the job I have got in hand here, added Sheridan.

Argyle are 16th in the League Two table, nine points off a play-off place and six above the relegation positions.

They are approaching the hectic Christmas and New Year holiday period, which is often crucial to the outcome of a season.

Sheridan said: “We have got to try to get three points from each game we will play now, to get ourselves closer to the teams above us.

“It will be a tough game against Chesterfield. They must have the biggest budget in the division and they have got some good players for this league.

“But we have lost one in 10 so we will go there in a bit of form. I think they will be wary of us and, hopefully, we will give them a good game and get the right outcome.”

Argyle went to Chesterfield in April and secured a 2-1 victory which proved decisive in their fight for Football League survival, and effectively ended any hopes the home team had of reaching the play-offs.

Sheridan said: “It’s different circumstances now. Obviously, that was a great result for us.

“I thought we were excellent on the night and played really well.

“It enabled us to stay in the League and, when you look back, it jeopardised Chesterfield’s chances of the play-offs.

“It was a great result for us and, hopefully, we can get a similar one on Saturday.”

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  December 14 2013, 11:52AM

    Confident or culpable ?

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  December 13 2013, 2:35PM

    A confidence which I must admit I do not share- lets hope he is right and I am wrong come 5pm tomorrow!

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