Sheri­dan de­mands Pil­grims push on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

JOHN Sheri­dan has urged pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Ply­mouth to em­bark on an un­beaten run af­ter Lewis Alessan­dra’s ninth goal of the sea­son ended a seven-game win­less run.

The Pil­grims were good value for their victory against a Stan­ley side slip­ping dan­ger­ously down the ta­ble fol­low­ing five de­feats on the spin.

Now Sheri­dan has set his sights on Ply­mouth forc­ing their way back into the play-off places.

He said:“I am just glad to get the monkey off our back.When you are on a bad run, the most im­por­tant thing is to get the three points.

“I was on edge watch­ing and the fans are on edge as they want a re­sult.

“We want to give our­selves a chance of be­ing in and around the pro­mo­tion places.

“Un­for­tu­nately when you are near the top three, there is only one place you can go and we have fallen away a bit.

“We have ground out a re­sult to­day.We might have to do ten or 11 of them be­fore the end of the sea­son.”

Ply­mouth car­ried the greater threat in the first half and Reuben Reid picked out Bobby Reid for a first-time shot which flashed nar­rowly wide.

Reuben Reid con­tin­ued to play the role of provider and this time he sent Oliver Lee tear­ing into the penalty box only for the mid­fielder to be snuffed out by the on­rush­ing Scott Davies.

The Pil­grims sur­vived a scare af­ter An­thony O’Con­nor gave the ball away to Josh Win­dass and his shot de­flected wide.

But it was the hosts who broke the dead­lock thanks to Alessan­dra.

The striker pestered Seamus Con­neely into giv­ing the ball away be­fore fir­ing past Davies from an acute an­gle.

Ply­mouth piled on the pres­sure af­ter the break and Reuben Reid brought a stunning save out of Davies. The Pil­grims striker then broke the Stan­ley off­side trap only for Davies to deny him again.

Stan­ley threw play­ers for­ward late on but Win­dass smashed the ball over the top when he should have squared it to Terry Gor­nell.

Ac­cring­ton boss John Cole­man ad­mit­ted his side paid the price for mis­takes. “There was noth­ing in the game un­til they scored, but yet again we have been un­done by an in­di­vid­ual er­ror,” he said.

“We have got to limit th­ese stupid mis­takes. Nearly ev­ery goal we con­cede is a hor­ren­dous mis­take and that is an­other one to­day.

“When you are down there and things aren’t go­ing well, you get pun­ished for that.

“The one crumb of com­fort is that we kept go­ing right to the very end and we could have nicked an equaliser.

“We have got to start giv­ing a bet­ter ac­count of our­selves. ”

STAR MAN LEWIS ALESSA

NDRA Ply­mou

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