MANAGER John Sheridan praised the professionalism of his players after Plymouth Argyle’s 2-0 win away to Northampton Town on Saturday.
The League Two game was played on a pitch which cut up badly and with a strong wind blowing from one end of Sixfields Stadium to the other.
Argyle had the elements in their favour in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into the break with goals from Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra.
The Pilgrims then defended resolutely in the second period as they wrapped up their first ever victory at Sixfields in their ninth attempt.
Sheridan said: “I think we fully deserved the win. It was a really good professional performance.
“The conditions were very difficult for both sets of players, and full credit to them.
“They tried to get the ball down and play when they could, but it was a very windy day. I thought we saw the job through really well.
“We got off to a good start, getting a 2-0 lead, and it gave us something to hold onto.
“I knew Northampton would come at us in the second half but I thought we defended really well in the second half.”
Argyle put themselves in with the chance of a play-off push with some good results over the Christmas and New Year period.
But they had drawn three of the previous four games in League Two, and lost the other one, before beating Northampton.
Sheridan said: “We have been disappointed with the draws we have had of late.
“Full credit to the players, I thought they responded really well. After drawing the home draws, we needed to come away and get three points.
“Hopefully, that will give us a lift going into the next game (against York City at Home Park this Saturday).”
Argyle moved up to 10th position in League Two after the victory over Northampton and they are eight points off a play-off place.
Sheridan said: “When you are drawing and other teams around you are winning, a draw doesn’t seem a good result even though you are not losing.
“I think we have lost one in the last nine now, but we have drawn four.
“We are trying to get as high up the table as possible, and catch the teams above us, so when you are drawing games it’s difficult.”
Sheridan has now set his sights on beating York as Argyle try to build up some momentum.
He said: “Eight points from four games would be a good outcome. If we can do that towards the end of the season, we will have a chance.”