TEDDY BOYS BAG ‘FANTASTIC RESULT’
TEDDY Sheringham insists his troops are listening to every word he is saying after Stevenage shocked Plymouth.
The best performance and result of Sheringham’s short reign in Hertfordshire saw his Stevenage side bring Plymouth’s good run to a halt thanks to first-half goals from Connor Ogilvie and Chris Whelpdale.
Despite a better second-half showing from the visitors – which included a Craig Tanner goal – Plymouth fell short to leave Sheringham grinning from ear to ear.
“It is a fantastic result for us.We knew that Plymouth would come and give us a real game,” Sheringham said.
“They didn’t surprise us, we knew they’d be a formidable force. I respect the way they played and the way they tried to get back in it from 2-0 down.
“As long as we’re improving with each game then that will make me happy.That means I’m getting my point across, we’re taking it on board and delivering that.
“It doesn’t have to be about results but it is nice when you get them. I’m loving management so far and being a football manager is what I’m all about.”
Plymouth made a shaky start and even when they carved out an early chance, Graham Carey’s wayward shot after four minutes was indicative of how the first-half would go for Argyle.
Instead it was Stevenage that took the lead in the sixth minute. Midfielder Tom Pett managed to slip his pass through to Ogilvie in space on the left and the full-back’s low drive deflected up and over Pilgrims keeper Luke McCormick.
The home side almost doubled their lead four minutes later when Whelpdale struck the post with a curling effort. At the other end Argyle were having difficulty finding the target with Gregg Wylde twice guilty of sending shots high and wide.
Stevenage’s Charlie Lee sent a shot over the roof of the stand at full stretch with the Plymouth goal gaping after more good work from Pett.
And they made it 2-0 after keeping out Argyle’s best chances of the half.
Ryan Brunt’s dangerous-looking shot was blocked before Carey’s follow-up went inches wide. Argyle were then hit with a sucker punch on the counter as Lee rode two challenges down the right before picking out Dean Parrett, whose shot was turned in at close range by Whelpdale.
Plymouth boss Derek Adams rang the changes at half-time with a double substitution that saw Oscar Threlkeld and Tanner enter the fray. And he was rewarded within ten minutes as Carey dinked a cross to the far post and Tanner nodded home.
It could have got even better for the visitors as Jake Jervis took advantage of Mark Hughes’ slip to go flying down the right into space. But the midfielder blasted into the side netting instead of trying to pick out the open Wylde at the far post.
Carl McHugh did manage to get the ball into the Stevenage net from a corner only to see his effort chalked off for a foul.
Adams said: “We obviously didn’t start too well, we didn’t play well and lost a poor goal after five minutes and another poor one later on in the half.
“It is a long way back after that. Second half we pushed Stevenage back and we might have got a draw from the game.
“We showed slack passing from the kick-off and that wasn’t very good. They’ve had a free week and looked ready for the game.
“Overall, Stevenage pushed us and harried us and were able to get the win. We had to change something at halftime to try and get back in the game but we didn’t do enough to get that second goal.”
FLYING HIGH: Chris Whelpdale celebrates scoring Stevenage’s second goal and, inset, Plymouth’s Carl McHugh nets but his effort was disallowed
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