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John Sheridan rues Plymouth Argyle home form

26 April 2014

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan bemoaned his side's form at Home Park following the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United.

The point means Argyle have won eight, drawn seven and lost eight in games played in front of their own fans and they failed to win any of their last four on home soil.

"Our home form has really let us down this season and I never really expected that," said Sheridan.

Attacking midfielder Jason Banton opened the scoring for Plymouth with a superb solo goal on 30 minutes, sweeping past a handful of defenders on a mazy run before sending a measured shot past Scott Flinders.

Hartlepool levelled in the 67th minute when Jack Barmby latched on to a header from Argyle defender Durrell Berry back to Jake Cole and lobbed the keeper.

United substitute Jack Compton and Argyle skipper Conor Hourihane both saw shots come back off the post in the final stages.

A frustrated Sheridan is hoping for much better things in the next campaign.

"I have got improve on this season and there's only one place we can finish if we are eighth, ninth or whatever this season. We have got to finish in the top seven next season.

"I have been here a year and I think we have improved a hell of a lot this season, not just the league position but I think we have done things a lot better.

"But I have got to work on making us better (still) and that is my job. I will do that and that's why I was brought in. Next season I expect us to get out of the division.

"I will make that clear now that whoever I bring in I expect those players to get us out of this division.

"I have got a few out of contract and I have got to make some tough decisions. I need three or four Paul Wottons, it's just drive and determination.

"I will have a smaller squad next season but it's going to be better quality hopefully. But I want people who are really pushing and I want a hunger in the team.

"Ten games ago there was a great opportunity but that's gone now and I have got to look at what I can do better as a manager."

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper was pleased with the football his side produced.

"I think creatively that was our best away performance for quite some time," he said.

"I think John will admit that both teams will probably both give chances up because we both try and create chances and that's happened today.

"Both goalkeepers have made saves, things are flashing around the box. Both teams have played some good football. Plymouth were better than us in the first half and I think we were better than them in the second.

"It's a pleasing performance. The only slight disappointment is that we did not take all three points home but I think that would have been a bit hard on Plymouth as well.

"My only point about their goal is that he manipulates the ball well and it's a fantastic strike to beat Scott (Flinders) but we should have put pressure on him but there again that is the youth in the side, and that all comes with experience.

"It was a lovely finish from Jack. The one thing I would say is that if Berry gets a good header on it then the ball is back in the keeper's hands. But Jack didn't stop and it was a nice and calm finish to give us something from the game."

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