GREEN ARMY’S ON THE MARCH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

PLY­MOUTH Ar­gyle can fi­nally start to look up rather than down ac­cord­ing to boss John Sheri­dan af­ter their sparkling vic­tory over Chel­tenham Town.

Ar­gyle have dropped from the Cham­pi­onship to League Two since 2010, nar­rowly avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion to non-league football for the past two sea­sons.

But Sheri­dan, who took over from Carl Fletcher in Jan­uary, is con­fi­dent they can turn things around and push for a re­turn to League One this term.

“We know the sup­port we have and we want to do well,” Sheri­dan said.“We want to be talk­ing about pro­mo­tion, not rel­e­ga­tion and if that puts pres­sure on me so be it.

“We are a club who can get out of this league at the first at­tempt in my first full sea­son. I have to get that into the play­ers and if we turn up and per­form like that the fans will sup­port us all the way.”

Marvin Mor­gan, Conor Houri­hane and Rommy Boco were all on tar­get in the first half as Ply­mouth pow­ered to their open­ing vic­tory of the sea­son at Whad­don Road

Chel­tenham replied through Matt Richards’ free-kick in the 72nd minute, but a come­back never looked likely, with Ar­gyle in con­trol.

Sheri­dan was happy with the way his team re­acted to de­feats by Southend United and Fleet­wood Town at the start of the sea­son.

“The man­ner in which we’ve lost the first two League games hasn’t been good enough,” Sheri­dan added.

“We didn’t de­serve any­thing from them, but against Chel­tenham, who are a very good home team, we did.

“We got away with one or two things in the first five min­utes that we didn’t at Fleet­wood, but that’s football. Af­ter that we looked very com­fort­able and a 3-0 lead is al­ways a good cush­ion. It was a very good all-round team per­for­mance.”

Robins boss Mark Yates blasted his team for a pow­der-puff per­for­mance and apol­o­gised to the home fans, who had not seen their team lose at home in a League Two game since last Septem­ber.

“I apol­o­gise to our sup­port­ers for an in­ept last hour of the game,” he said. “We started brightly and should have scored a cou­ple, but af­ter they scored we were pow­der-puff at best. I am not go­ing to go over the top, but the play­ers know how dis- ap­pointed I am with that and that they were poor. They’ll be in on Sun­day to work hard.”

How­ever, Yates spared new loan sign­ing from Fleet­wood Town Steven Gille­spie from the blame af­ter an en­cour­ag­ing sec­ond ‘de­but’ hav­ing left the club for Colch­ester United in 2008.

“Steven looked bright and lively in his first game,”Yates said. “But we were sec­ond best af­ter their first goal and that’s not good enough.

“We have been bul­lied by the two cen­tre for­wards and by the two cen­tral mid­field play­ers and the game be­came too easy for them. You don’t have any di­vine right to win games, no mat­ter

who you are play­ing.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

ALL SMILES: Ply­mouth's Conor Houri­hane re­ceives the praise of his team mates FLY­ING START: Ply­mouth’s Rommy Boco scores their third goal

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