ROCHDALE ........1 PLY­MOUTH ........0

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Oliver Rhodes

PLY­MOUTH boss John Sheri­dan kept cel­e­bra­tions to a min­i­mum af­ter ten-man Ar­gyle ex­tended their 93-year Football League stay de­spite de­feat at Rochdale, vow­ing there won’t be a re­peat next sea­son.

Teenage debu­tant Joe Bun­ney headed the game’s only goal but re­sults else­where en­sured Ply­mouth, who saw Maxime Blan­chard sent off early on, avoided the drop.

But with a place in League Two se­cured for next sea­son, Sheri­dan, who will de­cide on his Pil­grims fu­ture next week, vowed to be well clear of the bot­tom if he re­mains at the club next sea­son.

“I’m re­ally proud but if you know me, I don’t think it’s some­thing you should re­ally cel­e­brate too much,” he said.“I prob­a­bly sound a lit­tle harsh and not as ex­cited as you’d ex­pect me to be – I will have a drink and I’m very re­lieved.

“It’s great for ev­ery­one in­volved but if I’m here be­lieve me this won’t hap­pen again – I can prom­ise you that.

“Be­lieve me we won’t be near the bot­tom if I’m here – we’ll be near the top. I’m go­ing to make some de­ci­sions next week re­gard­ing my­self but I have al­ways said what­ever is done will be for the ben­e­fit of the club.”

Sheri­dan saw Blan­chard dis­missed for a pro­fes­sional foul af­ter just 15 min­utes af­ter bring­ing Ge­orge Don­nelly down on the edge of the box.

Rochdale pressed im­me­di­ately and Jake Cole saved well from Don­nelly five min­utes later, be­fore fling­ing him­self in front of Reece Gray’s goal-bound header from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

On 34 min­utes Michael Rose rat­tled the bar from 30 yards but Ar­gyle’s re­sis­tance was fi­nally bro­ken on 79 min­utes when 19year-old Bun­ney headed Scott Tanser’s cross into the far cor­ner.

And Dale boss Keith Hill in­sists the dis­plays pro­duced by his young play­ers helped end the sea­son on a high – and ad­mit­ted he was glad to see for­mer club Ply­mouth stay up.

“It was very pro­fes­sional and I’m en­cour­aged by the at­ti­tude and ap­pli­ca­tion in the way we played,” he said. “The play­ers could al­most roll out the car­pet and put the flip flops on but they haven’t.

“They [young play­ers] are an in­te­gral part of my think­ing with re­spect to next sea­son be­cause I feel as though with a lit­tle bit of en­cour­age­ment and a lit­tle bit of work they’ll be ready.

“I wanted to win – I want to win ev­ery game. I would have slept easy if Ply­mouth had been rel­e­gated but I’m glad they weren’t – I’m re­ally glad they weren’t.”

GIVE ME A HUG: Neal Ard­ley cel­e­brates with his daugh­ter


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