PAFC: The John Sheridan Era… Hows it Going?

First of all, the comings and goings; Sheridan has brought in striker Ronan Murray on loan until the end of the season, defender Guy Branston, who has signed on a short term contract until the end of the season. Fellow defender Anthony Charles has also joined the Pilgrims until the end of the season. Former Argyle youth striker Reuben Reid makes a return to Home Park on a five week loan deal and finally Isaac Vassell‘s contract has been extended to the end of the season. Meanwhile Rhys Griffiths has been told he is surplus to requirements and can leave Home Park; the new gaffer has certainly rung out the changes at Home Park, let’s hope that it will improve Argyle’s fortunes.

On the field; there has been one win; a postponement and one draw; both games that were played were at Home Park. Let’s start with the positive; the 2 – 1 victory over Morecambe; the visitors may have had more of the ball and chances but it was the home side that took their chances better; only two shots on target for the Pilgrims, both of them finding the back of the net. Conor Hourihane with a 20 yard strike in the 10th minute of the game; six minutes later; Paris Cowan-Hall neat flick put the Pilgrims two goals to the good. Morecambe’s Ryan Williams pulled one back with an unstoppable long range effort in the 80th minute. Overall a better performance from the Pilgrims; that said, this is just one game and often when a new manager comes in; the first game tends to end victorious.

The game away at Southend was postponed because of a frozen pitch so we’ll move straight to today’s game against Accrington Stanley at Home Park which ended in a goalless stalemate. New defender Anthony Charles saved Argyle’s blushes with a fine goal line clearance in the first half. But the home side were on top; forcing several great saves from Accrington keeper Cameron Belford, Argyle just couldn’t find a way through the Stanley backline so the game ended goalless.

The net result of the last couple of weeks is that Argyle are still perilously close to the relegation places; the only thing keeping the Pilgrims out of the drop zone is a superior goal difference over west country rivals Bristol Rovers. It’s too early to make any judgements but the early signs look good, I like Sheridan’s philosophy and he seems to be making positive signings, all we need now is the results; a string of wins will do wonders for the morale and standing of the Pilgrims.

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