SHERIDAN HAPPY TO TAKE IT TO THE WIRE
PLYMOUTH ........0 ROTHERHAM ......1
PLYMOUTH Argyle still need a point from their final game of the season to preserve their 93-year stay in the Football League after losing to promotion chasing Rotherham United but boss John Sheridan insists he’s happy with their chances.
Kieran Agard’s third goal in as many games strengthened the Millers’ grip on automatic promotion and secured their fourth straight victory of a fine late run, leaving the Pilgrims needing a point from their final game against Rochdale.
But after a season battling the drop, manager John Sheridan is staying positive.
“I’m just thinking about next week, I’m sure we’ll have a massive support next week-there’s no danger there,” said Sheridan.
“We are in a better position than four or five teams and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it.
“We know what we have to do, we’ll focus and we’ll go there and I’ll get them prepared right.
“I’m proud of the players to be fair to them, they couldn’t give me anymore.
“We went for the result and I thought we definitely deserved something out of the game. It’s one of those things, we switched off and it ends up costing us.”
The Pilgrims made a confident start as a cross from Onismor Bhasera in the third minute forced the Millers into conceding an early corner.
Five minutes later, on-loan winger Joe Bryan threatened for Argyle with a free-kick that keeper Scott Shearer saved.
The Millers’ first real chance came on 38 minutes through a free-kick from Michael O’Connor, which he fired straight at Pilgrims custodian Jake Cole.
On the stroke of half-time, Lee Frecklington was denied by the reflexes of Cole. However, the Pilgrims were punished on 76 minutes when Agard turned home a knock down from skipper Johnny Mullins to put Rotherham in front. The Millers know now beating Aldershot next weekend would secure promotion.
“We’ve come here and we’ve worked hard-it’s a long way to come for a weekend,” said Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
“Young Kieran (Agard) worked really and you could see when he scored the goal what it meant to all the players.
“We can’t worry about what happens elsewhere, we’ve just got to go and make sure we beat Aldershot next Saturday at the New York. It’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere and I think that the chairman will find out how strong the roofs are!”
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