SHERIDAN TICKS OFF BOO BOYS
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.”
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