SHERI­DAN TICKS OFF BOO BOYS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Rory Lit­tle­ton

PLY­MOUTH manager John Sheri­dan hit out at the club’s fans for boo­ing his team off af­ter this stale­mate with play- off ri vals New­port.

The frus­trated Ar­gyle sup­port­ers, who have watched their side fail to score in the last three games, jeered at the break and at the fi­nal whis­tle of a tight and tense en­counter.

It was un­der­stand­able af­ter a lack­lus­tre first 45 min­utes, but Sheri­dan lashed out at the Green Army af­ter a much-im­proved sec­ond-half show­ing.

“I thought in the first half we were a bit edgy but we were bril­liant in the sec­ond,” said Sheri­dan.

“I thought we had a right go. We left our­selves a bit vul­ner­a­ble and they had a few op­por­tu­ni­ties, but we were try­ing to win the game.

“We didn’t hide and I was pleased with the play­ers, so why the fans were boo­ing I’ve got no idea.

“We’re one point out­side the play-offs and the club hasn’t been any­where for two or three years.

“Why don’t they get be­hind the play­ers and sup­port the team?

“I can take it but it af­fects the play­ers. We’ve got a great chance of get­ting in the play-offs so why do it?

“I just don’t un­der­stand it be­cause we had a go and we’re in a good po­si­tion.

“I want to win ev­ery game, but it’s not go­ing to help the play­ers.”

A point apiece lifts Ply­mouth to eighth and sees New­port creep into the top seven as a re­sult of Steve­nage’s home de­feat by Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

New­port had to with­stand a lot of pres­sure af­ter the in­ter­val, with Bobby Reid pulling the strings.

Name­sake Reuben Reid, Tareiq Holmes-Den­nis and Lewis Alessan­dra all went close to break­ing the dead­lock, but there was no way past vis­it­ing goal­keeper Joe Day.

For­mer Ply­mouth striker Chris Ze­broski came off the bench for New­port to more boos and went clos­est to snatch­ing all three points for his side, but his manager, Jimmy Dack, was happy with a point.

“Any point away from home is hard-earned and we’re de­lighted,” said the County boss.

“It’s two clean sheets on the trot, as well, which is bril­liant.

“They are a very good team, but we had a go and ev­ery­one can see the com­mit­ment of the play­ers.

“They gave their all and that’s all we can ask.

“It was part of our plan to come here and frus­trate them, not to give too much away and, as the game opened up, see if we might get one or two chances. “Ev­ery­one keeps writ­ing us off and they can keep do­ing it.

“Keep writ­ing us off and we’ll keep work­ing hard un­til the end and give it our best shot.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

GREEN GI­ANT: Ply­mouth’s Lewis Alessan­dra holds off Dar­ren Jones of New­port

TUS­SLE: Ply­mouth’s Reuben Reid holds off Is­mail Yakubu

STAR MAN BOBBY REID Ply­mou

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