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POLL: John Sheridan disappointed with Argyle's second half display in FA Cup win against Welling

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 08, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1


John Sheridan talks to the media after Argyle's 3-1 win against Welling in the FA Cup second round at Home Park on Saturday

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MANAGER John Sheridan blamed complacency for Argyle’s very poor performance after half-time in their FA Cup tie against Welling.

The Pilgrims won 3-1 against the Football Conference Premier part-timers in the second round tie at Home Park on Saturday.

But Sheridan thought his side made it much harder work than it should have been.

Argyle raced into a three-goal lead inside 21 minutes, courtesy of Andres Gurrieri, Curtis Nelson and Lewis Alessandra, and seemed set for an easy victory.

Welling rallied after the early onslaught, however, and made a strong start to the second half.

They were rewarded with a goal from striker Ross Lafayette in the 53rd minute and had chances to have further reduced their deficit.

Sheridan said: “We just went out for the second half thinking we had already won the game.

“That’s the way I look at the second half performance. I don’t think we played well and, full credit to Welling, they came back into the game.

“They got the goal and then got a bit of belief. Too many of our players thought the game was already over and done with.”

Sheridan continued: “We were on the hiding to nothing. Everyone expected us to win, and the most important thing is getting into the next round.

“I would have liked us to have played really well and scored more goals, but we haven’t.

“But we are in the hat and that’s the main thing. It’s good for us that we are in the third round.”

Sheridan added: “We started the game really well and got the goals.

“After that, we just took our foot off the pedal, which I’m not too pleased about because I like to set standards.

“No disrespect to Welling, but they are not going to punish you when you make mistakes like good players in a good team would do.

“That’s what we do - we make silly mistakes - and luckily for us we got away with them. The players need to get it in their heads where I’m coming from.

“It will make them better players and make us a better team.”

Argyle goalkeeper Jake Cole had to be replaced by Luke McCormick in the second half because of an injury.

Cole was hurt when he dived at the feet of Kurtis Guthrie as the Welling midfielder raced towards him.

Guthrie was booked by referee Steve Bratt for the sliding challenge on Cole, who was on crutches as he left Home Park after the game.

Sheridan said: “I think it’s just a bang on the bone, though. Their lad had to go for it and both of them were brave.”

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  • queenie1923  |  December 09 2013, 6:22AM

    this is typical of argyle, did enough , so they take there foot off the pedal and sit back n there laurals, shut up shop and feel they've done enough , but that's always never the case as argyle have found out over the years, this attitude by the players should be erradicated by the manager , they should be made to give 100 per cent , that's why they get paid the money they do, port vale away happy with that its money in the bank , could b worse could have a long trip away to Carlisle united

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  • cashlift  |  December 08 2013, 1:56PM

    nothing new there then , a poor second half performance against a non league club, poor argyle

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