Sheri­dan tar­gets Wem­b­ley adventure

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

PLY­MOUTH manager John Sheri­dan has dan­gled the car­rot of Wem­b­ley in a bid to in­spire his side to book a play-off place.

The Pil­grims climbed back into sev­enth spot thanks to a nervy win over a Mans­field side look­ing over their shoul­der at the drop zone fol­low­ing a fifth suc­ces­sive de­feat.

An­thony O’Con­nor handed Ply­mouth a dream start af­ter 98 sec­onds be­fore Carl McHugh dou­bled their lead on 63 min­utes.

But the Stags made a real fight of it and pulled one back when Vadaine Oliver was quick­est to re­act af­ter his header came back off the post.

Sheri­dan said: “This is a great re­sult be­cause it puts us back in the play-off po­si­tions.

“I can hon­estly say I am not both­ered how we played just as long as we get the points.

“To get back in the top seven is all we aim for. But one or two need to buck their ideas up be­cause I am not fright­ened of leav­ing play­ers out.

“In four or five weeks’ time they could be play­ing at Wem­b­ley in front of 40,000 of our fans so that is some­thing to aim for.

“Half of this di­vi­sion are play­ing for noth­ing, we are play­ing for some­thing.”

Ply­mouth got off to a dream start when O’Con­nor met Bobby Reid’s cor­ner with a header that flew into the far cor­ner.

But the Stags mounted a spir­ited re­sponse and they were un­lucky not to equalise af­ter Reg­gie Lambe’s near-post header was pushed around the post by Luke McCormick.

The vis­i­tors threat­ened again af­ter Jack Thomas wrig­gled his way into the box only to fire straight at McCormick.

Mans­field con­tin­ued on the of­fen­sive at the start of the sec­ond half and Chris Cle­ments was de­nied thanks to a smart save from McCormick.

Ply­mouth dou­bled their lead mo­ments af­ter Do­minic Bl­iz­zard forced Sascha Studer into a bril­liant save, be­fore Lee Beev­ers threw him­self at Olly Lee’s fol­low up.

From the re­sult­ing cor­ner Reid sup­plied for McHugh to glance a neat header into the far cor­ner.

Mans­field grabbed a life­line within a minute, Oliver ram­ming home the re­bound af­ter his header from Beev­ers’ cross rat­tled the post, but that was as good as it got for Mans­field boss Adam Mur­ray.

“I am frus­trated and an­gry,” Mur­ray said. “We are so close to be­ing a de­cent team and get­ting re­sults.

“We shipped two set­pieces again and at the other end we are not clin­i­cal. The play­ers are putting in max­i­mum ef­fort and I am not look­ing to blame peo­ple.

“But they need to hear the re­al­ity of it be­cause you can’t hide from con­ced­ing from set-plays.”

STAR MAN LEWIS ALESSA

NDRA Ply­mou

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