Sheridan not budging for Barnsley job
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.”
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