Sheri­dan not budg­ing for Barns­ley job

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

JOHN Sheri­dan sounded a note of cau­tion af­ter Ply­mouth climbed into the play-off places on the back of a third win in eight days.

The Pil­grims left it late af­ter Ryan Brunt came off the bench to grab an 81st-minute opener be­fore Lewis Alessan­dra made it three goals in three games to wrap up the win against Cam­bridge.

But Sheri­dan, who laughed off claims link­ing him with the va­cant Barns­ley job, is not get­ting car­ried away.

“There is still a long way to go,” warned the Ply­mouth manager.

“It is so tight up there and every­body is go­ing to be beat every­body.

“We have got to take care of our­selves and not worry about any­one else.

“But not many teams will live with us if we carry on play­ing the way we did. I told the play­ers to step up ten yards in the sec­ond half and we got our re­wards.

“To get three clean­sheets in the last three games is re­ally pleas­ing.

“We are play­ing with con­fi­dence at the mo­ment and I have con­grat­u­lated the play­ers.”

Re­spond­ing to spec­u­la­tion he is on Barns­ley’s radar fol­low­ing Danny Wil­son’s sacking, Sheri­dan added: “Why are you ask­ing me that? I want to be suc­cess­ful here.”

Sul­lay Kaikai watched in frus­tra­tion as his 11th-minute free-kick came back off the cross­bar as Cam­bridge flew out of the traps.

And Ply­mouth were in­debted to keeper Luke McCormick when he raced off his line to deny Jor­dan Slew af­ter the U’s striker broke the off-side trap.

Chris Dunn came to the res­cue for the vis­i­tors af­ter tip­ping over Olly Lee’s over-head kick be­fore the on-loan Birm­ing­ham mid­fielder smashed a shot nar­rowly past the post. Ply­mouth even­tu­ally made the break­through on 81 min­utes when Dunn par­ried Bobby Reid’s shot, only for Brunt to gob­ble up the re­bound.

Three min­utes later Alessan­dra made it 11 goals for the sea­son af­ter gath­er­ing Peter Hart­ley’s cross, cut­ting in­side and hit­ting a de­flected shot past Dunn.

It could have got even worse for Cam­bridge, but Dunn pulled off a smart save af­ter Reid let fly from out­side the penalty area.

And Cam­bridge boss Richard Money ad­mit­ted he is baf­fled how his side lost at Home Park.

“That is tough to deal with,” he said .“We have come off the pitch won­der­ing how we have lost the game.

“For 45 min­utes we played a side that might well get pro­moted off the park.

“The longer it went on they are bound to start forc­ing the is­sue, they are the home side and they got two quick goals.”

SEC­OND: Lewis Alessan­dra gives Ply­mouth a 2-0 lead


DSON Cambr


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