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POLL: John Sheridan left frustrated by Argyle's defeat at former club Chesterfield

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

Chesterfield

John Sheridan talks to the media after Argyle's 2-0 defeat away to Chesterfield on Saturday

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IT WAS an unhappy return to his former club for John Sheridan as Plymouth Argyle lost 2-0 away to Chesterfield on Saturday.

First half goals from centre-back Matty Brown and striker Marc Richards, from the penalty spot, secured victory for the second-placed Spireites.

However, Sheridan insisted his side deserved at least a point out of the contest at the Proact Stadium.

He thought the Pilgrims had dominated the first half and was very frustrated by the two goals they conceded.

The first came in only the ninth minute when Brown headed home from a corner taken by left-back Ritchie Humphreys.

Sheridan said: “First and foremost, it was a cheap corner. The ball should be headed back, not out for a corner.

“And then usually we have been dealing with set plays. He (Brown) shouldn’t get a header.

“Whether Luke (goalkeeper Luke McCormick) was blocked or not, I don’t know, but he says he was.

“Full credit to their lad, I thought his desire to score the goal was there, and it put us on the back foot.”

Richards put Chesterfield 2-0 up in the 42nd minute with a penalty, which was awarded for a handball by Durrell Berry.

Assistant referee Geoff Law spotted the offence and brought it to the attention of referee Andy Haines.

Argyle’s players were furious about the decision, but TV replays later showed that Berry had handled the ball.

Sheridan had not had a chance to see the incident when he spoke to the media after the match.

He said: “It shouldn’t have bounced in our half anyway. One of our lads should have headed it.

“That’s the first thing what should have happened, and we wouldn’t have even got to the penalty stage.

“I can’t see if it’s handball or what. The referee didn’t give it. It was the linesman who gave it.

“I’m not blaming the officials. My first thought is that we should be heading the ball.

“The ball was there to be won and headed back into the opposition’s half, and we didn’t do it.

“That’s why we got into the position we did,” added the Argyle manager.

Argyle were thrown a lifeline in the 62nd minute when they were awarded a penalty of their own.

Haines gave it for a foul on substitute Caolan Lavery on Brown, who was sent-off.

However, the offence took place outside the box and Brown was not the last defender either as there were two players in covering positions.

Striker Reuben Reid took the spot kick but it was saved low to his right by Chesterfield ‘keeper, and man-of-the-match, Tommy Lee.

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

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  • Explymouthguy  |  December 16 2013, 8:51AM

    I was bang behind the net in the away end and i dont understand why everyone is so confused why we conceded a pan. It was the most blatant handball ever. Berry nearly picked the ball up when he went down. Also reid's pen was awful! I'm sorry but when you've got the wind behind you and you're 2-0 down, you don't take one step back and take the pen, you put your bloody laces through it! Also the linesman on the left hand side as we were sat was attrocious! One decision boggled me when the chesterfield keeper punched the ball out for a corner and he gave a goal kick! The mind wonders sometimes!

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  • bikerlad707  |  December 15 2013, 10:35PM

    its ok for us the green army to ask but not so sure we get the right answers , if we had carried on with the team of last year instead of getting more loan players who may have some good playing ability, but all are who no one else wanted !!. Sheridon has told us he has money to help get the players , but still we get the leave offs, TYLER is a good player so why is he out on loan & not playing for the team . I think Sheridon has lost his way , we need help , as for REID , missing a penalty , I still think hes lazy . but who am I , just a supporter

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  • DavidofLancas  |  December 15 2013, 10:23PM

    Whilst I do disagree with some of your analysis Trots, I commend you for your lucidity and consistent support of the club and your stout defence of Sheridan. But I disagree because he is not producing satisfactory results. James Brent has been persuaded to put his trust in him and he now feels obliged to stand by him whilst the ship lurches towards the rocks. Without rehashing the same old tune he must take the blame for recruiting a really weak coaching team, (largely) poor signings, tactical naiveity, very ordinary performances, failure to use all the resources at his disposal, tactical paralysis during games, refusing to acknowledge that he might just be getting it wrong and his dreadful and unrepentant communication skills. I also agree with your analysis of some of the candidates that could succeed him, although I'm not persuaded by the call for Martin Allen. I'm not sure his CV stands favourable comparison with other preferred candidates. I think Warnock would take on Argyle for emotional and family reasons, and as for the clamour for Luggy, (of which I am a keen campaigner), I would invite you not just to focus purely on his two spells here but also to remember what he did for Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday and Southend, as well as Saint Johnston. The man has a glittering record of success in the lower leagues, has produced some great players for us, (as well as some real ******s), and would galvonise us in a way that is sadly lacking at present. He was given a hopelessly poisoned challis in his last spell here and no-one has proved equal to that task subsequently, but at least now we are on the road to being debt free. He also is available and wouldn't cost us any compensation. Indeed getting rid of Sheridan also need not cost the earth. According to the League Managers Association the average compensation pay out to sacked Managers is four months pay. As it happens this is all academic as James Brent will not get rid of him and he doesn't have the integrity to resign, but we are hovering disturbingly close to the relegation zone again and I just can't believe that he will drive us in the right direction.

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  • trots  |  December 15 2013, 7:17PM

    Not everyone thinks so clearly but that's my thoughts on managers and sackings As for the goal scoring problem??? Banton not getting much of a look in at Milton Keynes so what's the point off him being on loan there?? Well let's get him back to HP Mr Sheridan

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  • trots  |  December 15 2013, 7:15PM

    Not everyone thinks so clearly but that's my thoughts on managers and sackings As for the goal scoring problem??? Banton not getting much of a look in at Milton Keynes so what's the point off him being on loan there?? Well let's get him back to HP Mr Sheridan

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  December 15 2013, 4:44PM

    Very constructive Trots - I am not currently saying get rid of the manager but I would say that he has got the wrong personnel and the wrong tactics and anyone can see that - it jumps right out !!! Its so obvious.

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  • trots  |  December 15 2013, 4:02PM

    So getting rid of Mr Sheridan will have what effect?? Who you going to bring in?? Steve Clarke? Yeah right he's going to drop 3 divisions, why all this talk about Luggy?? 1st time brilliant 2nd time unless, there's no point in hoofing Mr Sheridan if there's no replacement lined up and who out there is capable or willing. Kevin Blackwell. Forget that, man management skills zero and useless with nothing to his name Neil Warnock,. Not interested in a return to Management Chris Hargreaves. Coach at Bournemouth, keen to get into management but a risky appointment Martin Allen. If interested he would be my choice, bit of a nutter but gets results I suppose I've missed a few off but at the moment I wouldn't change Mr Sheridan. My beef is with all the chat at the start of the season promising Play Offs and to be honest we're not that far away with more than half the season left. That said we're closer to a relegation fight at the moment. I'm sure the big four, Mike! Bobby, George and David will disagree totally with my opinions but that's what this forum is all about. I'm sure when we're up there in the league come March there'll agree I was right :):)

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  December 15 2013, 12:55PM

    Mr Sheridan, lets put things in perspective instead of you whinging. Chesterfield had 7 goal attempts of which 5 were on target and 2 goals scored. PAFC had 12 goal attempts of which 5 were on target and no goals scored - what does that tell you Mr Sheridan? Yes the team had plenty of possession but possession does not score goals and win matches.

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  • cashlift  |  December 15 2013, 12:12PM

    more bloody excuses the forwards we have couldn't hit a barn door, we are never going t get any better with the players we have , brent is more interested with development than a football team

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  • GKM2094  |  December 15 2013, 12:03PM

    I will continue to take my seat on the terraces but John Sheridan must think supporters who have been around football longer than he has are completely stupid. Even with a few decent results this season, we are still not good enough to make any impact on this league. We still continue to be the worst side for give away possession of the ball and have no cutting edge or a ball winning midfield general. Mr Brent did a great job saving the club, but has not helped us to kick on from those dark days and build a strong team, who win games and put bums on seats, bringing in more money..............it is not rocket science ! Another disappointing season taking place.

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