Sheridan demands Pilgrims push on
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