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League Two

Sheridan sets sights high after win

18 August 2013

John Sheridan has his sights firmly set on promotion in his first full season in charge of Plymouth after watching his side dismantle Cheltenham with a convincing 3-1 victory at Whaddon Road.

First-half goals from Marvin Morgan, Conor Hourihane and Rommy Boco put Argyle in control as they bounced back from back-to-back defeats without scoring at the start of the campaign.

Having narrowly avoided the drop for the past two years, Sheridan insists the club can now start to look upwards.

"We know the support we have and we want to do well," he said. "We want to be talking about promotion, not relegation, and if that puts pressure on me then so be it.

"We are a club who can get out of this league at my first attempt in my first season.

"I have to get that into the players and if we turn up and perform like that the fans will support us all the way."

Plymouth had lost to Southend United and Fleetwood in their opening matches, with Sheridan labelling the performances as unacceptable.

But his players responded in the perfect manner to leave Cheltenham still looking for their first win.

"The manner in which we've lost the first two league games wasn't good enough," Sheridan said.

"We didn't deserve anything from either of them, but against Cheltenham, who are a very good home team, we did.

"We got away with one or two things in the first five minutes that we didn't at Fleetwood, but that's football. After that we looked very comfortable and a 3-0 lead is obviously always a good cushion. It was a very good all-round team performance."

Cheltenham pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute after Matt Richards was fouled by Morgan 25 yards from goal and his free-kick deceived Luke McCormick in the Plymouth goal and ended up in the back of the net. But the visitors looked comfortable thereafter.

Robins boss Mark Yates admitted his side fell apart after falling behind in the 17th minute.

"I apologise to our supporters for an inept last hour of the game," Yates said.

"We started brightly and should have scored a couple, but after they scored we were powder-puff at best.

"I am not going to go over the top but the players know how disappointed I am with that and that they were poor. They'll be in on Sunday to work hard."

Yates said only new loan signing Steven Gillespie emerged with any credit as he considers changes for next week's trip to Accrington.

He added: "Steven looked bright and lively in his first game but we were second best after their first goal and that's not good enough so nobody can be sure of their place now.

"We have been bullied by the two centre forwards and by the two central midfield players and the game became too easy for them.

"You don't have any divine right to win games, no matter who you are playing. We were found wanting and there wasn't a response."

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