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Argyle manager John Sheridan: Are we hungry enough to score goals?

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1


Argyle manager John Sheridan issues instructions against Chesterfield on Saturday

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MANAGER John Sheridan has questioned whether his Plymouth Argyle players have the hunger to score goals.

Sheridan saw his side have plenty of the possession in their 2-0 defeat at second-placed Chesterfield on Saturday.

But, for all their good approach play, they could not come up with any goals, which has been a recurring problem all season.

The Pilgrims are the lowest scorers in League Two after netting only 14 times in 20 games.

Sheridan showed signs of losing patience with his players after the defeat by Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.

“The biggest problem is the lack of goals,” said the Argyle manager.

“Are we hungry enough to score goals? Are we working hard enough to score goals?

“I see balls going in the box and they are bouncing around and we are just not on our front foot.

“We are not reacting, or anticipating, and that’s what you have got to do in the penalty area.

“Everyone is more or less waiting until it comes to them. They are not working an opening for themselves.

“Sometimes we are too flat-footed in the box. We do a lot of finishing (in training) and I have said to the players we should be scoring more goals with what we have got.”

Sheridan hinted that he would try to find a solution to the problem when the transfer window reopens on January 1.

He said: “We had some good balls going in the box (against Chesterfield) but you need those predators.

“Will I be able to find one, or two? They usually cost a few quid.

“You can have all the possession and the good play you want, if you are not putting it in the back of the net you are not going to win a football match.

“That’s the way the game went here,” added Sheridan.

Argyle trailed 2-0 at half-time but had a chance to reduce their arrears in the 63rd minute after they were awarded a controversial penalty.

Substitute Caolan Lavery was tripped by Chesterfield centre-back Matty Brown, but it looked like the contact was made outside the box.

Brown was also sent off by referee Andy Haines for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

Even though there were two covering defenders.

Argyle striker Reuben Reid took the penalty but it was saved low to his right by Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee.

Reid had converted all three of his previous penalties this season but, this time, his attempt lacked power.

Sheridan, as is his habit, did not watch Argyle’s top scorer take the spot kick.

“I believe he took one step,” said the Pilgrims boss. “It was a very big moment in the game.

“You score that and we are on the front foot, and we get a bit of confidence in ourselves, believing we can get something out of the game.

“If we had scored the penalty, I think we would have ended up getting something out of the game. That was our chance.”

Sheridan added: “We played a team who are up there in the league, and on this performance I thought we looked better than them.

“But they (Chesterfield) have won the game 2-0 so they will be very pleased with the outcome.”

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  • MikeSpiligan  |  December 18 2013, 9:11AM

    'are we hungry for goals' ? Does Sherridan want the short answer ?......... Holloway back at HP !!! Me thinks that Queenie and Pilgrim have been on the Christmas plonk a little early, stayed at the club until a better offer came along... I was made up when he got Leicester relegated and sacked.... Tow people who need to stay as far away from Devon as possible, Pulis and Holloway... I wouldn't have either back even if we were guaranteed back to back promotions... awful people, awful

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  • helterfc  |  December 17 2013, 11:18AM

    Of course we're not hungry for goals. You only have to watch a couple of games to know that. The players approach the box but then seem to run out of ideas or are too nervous to try anything . It's the same old failure time and time again. We need to throw some caution to the wind and simply have a shot. "Attack! Attack! Attack, attack attack!" We chanted it at Chesterfield. The players ought to have it running through their minds. I'd like to see Lavery start next match as he showed he was prepared to move rather than expect the ball just to turn up at his feet. COYGs!

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  • kooldud  |  December 17 2013, 8:26AM

    "The biggest problem is the lack of goals," - "Are we hungry enough to score goals? Are we working hard enough to score goals?", manager should know, clue - yes, no, no.

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  • Concerned-one  |  December 16 2013, 2:28PM

    Villas Boas is on the market having just been sacked by Spurs, least he would do better than JS

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  • Concerned-one  |  December 16 2013, 2:27PM

    Villas Boas is on the market having just been sacked by Spurs, least he would do better than JS

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  • Concerned-one  |  December 16 2013, 2:27PM

    Villas Boas is on the market having just been sacked by Spurs, least he would do better than JS

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  • queenie1923  |  December 16 2013, 1:15PM

    pilgrim, good comment, but some how mr brents and his worthless board, are not going t waste money on compensating useless managers when they come and go as we have seen before with previous managers if we picked a decent enough manager when brent took over the so called reigns, we wouldn't be in this mess still , at least southends boss mr brown has shown his employers what hes made off , and we suposidly said no to him , so whos fooling the fool now mr brent , its certainly not Sheridan you should have picked phil brown at least we would be watching decent attacking football time to make your mind up time ,, Januarys around the corner , spend some of the so called venture money you have by getting rid of sherri and his so called back room cronnies , before we join torquay down the bottom yet again

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  • Pilgrim1  |  December 16 2013, 12:42PM

    Its time for him to go and well overdue in my opinion. He has had enough time to make his mark and he has failed miserably. The signings are all I need to show this man isn't up to the task. Comments like this annoy me even further, as surely Mr Sheridan this is what your so called coaching staff should be drilling into the players on a daily basis. As they say practice makes perfect!!!! I'd love tom see Olly back as that is commitment and passion even when we lost at least we had a go at teams and his honesty can not be questioned. I can't see it happening but we can live in hope, either way JS has to go. We need a massive clear out of the pants he has brought in and make use of the loan market in January to finish at best mid table. If we stay with the current coaching staff and manager we will be fighting relegation. David Norris wants to go out on loan and has said he loves the club come on Einstein's in the boardroom quality player who can get goals from midfield. My last part of the rant is we have a championship player on loan, young and desperate to impress his parent club and we use hime constantly as a sub, speaks volumes for Sheridan and his management skills. GET HIM OUT!!!!!!!

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  • queenie1923  |  December 16 2013, 11:31AM

    time to bring back Ollie , now that would be a nice Christmas present , imagine the squad he would get , spose we can all dream after all its crimbo,

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  • potyiam  |  December 16 2013, 10:46AM

    i bet they are hungry enough to pick up their wages at the end of the month. maybe they think they are better than they are. just be honest with themselves.

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