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John Sheridan delighted with Plymouth Argyle defence

22 February 2014

Relieved manager John Sheridan was grateful to his defenders after Plymouth Argyle hung on to secure an important 2-1 away victory at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Lewis Alessandra scored what turned out to be the winner for the visitors shortly before half-time, as Argyle registered a second straight away win.

The three points also helped the Pilgrims leap-frog their hosts in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Sheridan said: "I couldn't have asked for any more from the players. They gave me everything and in the end we've secured a really important three points.

"It's never an easy task coming here, but particularly in the second half, we've defended bravely and probably just about deserved the three points.

"We scored two good goals in the first half and that set us on our way.

"Maybe we lacked a bit of composure here and there in the second half and we let Dagenham come on to us, but we've done enough as a defensive unit and this is a big win for us.

"We had a disastrous day against York, but I couldn't have asked for a better response.

"It's been a tough week, but this result will lift everyone's spirits."

Argyle's Reuben Reid was perfectly placed to knock in a fifth-minute rebound to register his 15th goal of the season.

The Daggers dragged themselves back into contention, and levelled in the 23rd minute when Zavon Hines dived in to stab home a low cross from Adebayo Azeez.

Argyle soon hit back, however, and re-took the lead 10 minutes later. This time Matt Parsons' pinpoint cross was superbly volleyed home by Alessandra.

Luke Norris then almost made an immediate impact for Dagenham as he went close barely a minute after coming on. Meanwhile, Hines came closest to a late leveller when he almost bundled home from close range.

It proved to be another frustrating day for Dagenham, though. They are now on a worrying run of just one win from the last eight games and a potential play-off push is seemingly fading fast.

After watching his side try desperately, yet unsuccessfully, to bag a leveller after the break, Daggers manager Wayne Burnett said: "We tried everything but it just wouldn't come off for us.

"I can't fault the lads for effort and commitment, though. We've tried our absolute best to break Plymouth down but credit to them, they've managed to hold on.

"It's been a frustrating spell for us, but there's more than enough character here to get us through this.

"We've got to re-group as best we can I guess and bounce back in the next game.

"We'll be okay but we just need more ruthlessness in and around the box."

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