PLY­MOUTH ........0 ROTHER­HAM ......1

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Steve Har­ris

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!”

HERE WE GO: Danny Ked­well cel­e­brates scor­ing


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