Wot­ton’s re­turn is key for Ply­mouth

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joel Lamy To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PLY­MOUTH Ar­gyle boss John Sheridan ad­mit­ted his side were gal­va­nized by the re­turn of club leg­end Paul Wot­ton as they con­tin­ued their play­off charge with a win at Da­gen­ham and Red­bridge.

Lewis Alessan­dra’s first-half vol­ley won the game fol­low­ing team­mate Reuben Reid’s fifth minute re­bound and a close-range equaliser by Da­gen­ham winger Zavon Hines.

Sheridan switched to a back five af­ter last week’s 4-0 loss to York which meant a first game for cen­tre-back Wot­ton since Oc­to­ber 5, 27 matches ago.

“He’s a talker, he sees the game on the pitch and I wish I had a few more like him. I thought he was ex­cel­lent. He got a grip of people and he never shuts up, he keeps them on their toes,” said Sheridan.

“I was go­ing to play three at the back and I think that suits him. He doesn’t have the legs he used to have, but we lack an or­gan­iser on the pitch and we’re very quiet as a team.

“I thought we played well first-half and two goals gives you some­thing to fight for. The game got scrappy sec­ond-half and I would like us to be­lieve in our­selves a lit­tle more and be pos­i­tive to see the game out eas­ier.”

Ar­gyle went ahead early as Conor Houri­hane’s right-wing free-kick crashed off the cross­bar and Reid re­act- ed quick­est for his 11th league goal of the sea­son.

Hines equalised when he steered home Ad­abayo Azeez’s drilled cross, but just past the half-hour Alessan­dra volleyed home debu­tant Matthew Parsons’ cen­tre.

Goal­keeper Jake Cole had to parry Da­gen­ham striker Luke Nor­ris’ lon­grange drive, but a de­served vic­tory en­sured the vis­i­tors over­took their op­po­nents and sit seven points off the play-offs.

Dag­gers boss Wayne Bur­nett re­placed top scorer Rhys Mur­phy af­ter an hour but was left to rue a fifth straight home match with­out a win.

“It wasn’t a lack of ef­fort it was just a lack of qual­ity. De­ci­sion mak­ing wasn’t good, we’re chas­ing the game and we haven’t done enough to get back into it,” said Bur­nett.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed to say the least. It’s been a dif­fi­cult week but that’s not an ex­cuse, we just weren’t good. If people don’t do their jobs and know their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties then you are go­ing to get beaten. “Mur­phy was in­ef­fec­tive, things were com­ing off of him, he wasn’t link­ing up play­ers like he can do.

“He’s played a lot of games and is a good foot­baller but we de­cided to change it and un­for­tu­nately it didn’t work for us.”

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