The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stephen Thirkill To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

FU­RI­OUS Ply­mouth boss John Sheridan launched a sting­ing at­tack on his play­ers af­ter watch­ing his side crash at Bur­ton.

Cal­lum McFadzean’s 26th minute strike wrapped up the points for pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Al­bion to leave Ar­gyle’s own play­off hopes dan­gling.

Sheridan’s side are now five points of­fYork in the fi­nal play-off spot but can cut the gap by beat­ing New­port on Tues­day.

Speak­ing af­ter the game an an­gry Sheridan said his side had thrown a great op­por­tu­nity away and needed to show ‘the men­tal­ity of win­ners’.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance,” he said.

“You can­not per­form like we did. Bur­ton looked like a team that wanted pro­mo­tion, we played like a team that is just happy to stay in this di­vi­sion.

“I have told the play­ers my views af­ter the game. I just wish the play­ers would go out with the men­tal­ity of win­ners.

“To be suc­cess­ful I need play­ers with an edge and I don't have many of them at the mo­ment.

“We just have to be­lieve, but I feel we have thrown away a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity over the last few weeks.

“We are try­ing to build some­thing at this club where we can be suc­cess­ful and I am very dis­ap­pointed by the hunger of the play­ers.”

The de­feat could have been so much worse had it not been for the hero­ics of goal­keeper Jake Cole who pro­duced four su­perb firsthalf saves.

Cole ac­ro­bat­i­cally tipped Billy Kee’s ef­fort over the bar on 15 min­utes, be­fore he turned Jimmy Phillips’ thun­der­ous ef­fort against the post three min­utes later.

McFadzean bagged his first goal for Al­bion on 26 min­utes af­ter shoot­ing through Cole’s legs fol­low­ing poor de­fend­ing by Neal Trotman.

But Cole kept his shell-shocked side in the con­test as he saved twice from Damien McCrory on 32 and 45 min­utes.

Ply­mouth ral­lied slightly in the sec­ond half with Reuben Reid and Conor Houri­hane both tested Rob Lain­ton with half-chances.

But Ar­gyle never re­ally looked like scor­ing as rock-solid Bur­ton recorded their 17th clean sheet of the sea­son.

The re­sult leaves Bur­ton just three points be­hind Ch­ester­field in the fi­nal au­to­matic pro­mo­tion place, with the two sides set to meet on 27th April.

De­lighted boss Gary Rowett said:“We just want to keep putting pres­sure on the teams above us. Ch­ester­field draw­ing shows that we are putting pres­sure on them.

“We just want to win as many games as we can. Ev­ery game from now un­til the end of the sea­son is a mas­sive game.

“I think we played the best we have played all sea­son at home in the first half.We cre­ated plenty of chances and prob­a­bly should have taken some of them.

“We knew Ply­mouth would be bet­ter in the sec­ond half and they made us work hard for the win.

“I would love to win by three or four goals, but our so­lid­ity is our strength.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle


th HAPPY CHAPS: Cal­lum McFadzean cel­e­brates his goal. In­set: McFadzean’s strike

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