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Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan: We were outstanding

26 February 2014

John Sheridan praised an outstanding display from his play-off chasing Plymouth Argyle side as they put another dent in Fleetwood Town's unravelling promotion push by inflicting a 4-0 home defeat.

Reuben Reid pounced to give the Pilgrims a first-half advantage before Luke Young stretched their lead just minutes after the break.

Maxime Blanchard dived to head in a third before Conor Hourihane slammed home an unstoppable late free-kick from the edge of the penalty to make it four.

Sheridan said: "We know who we were playing, a team chasing automatic promotion. But we were outstanding.

"I can only keep saying 'have a bit of confidence about yourselves' and we did that. We looked a really good team.

"To score four at Fleetwood is very good and we're working hard to keep a clean sheet.

"You've got players running 60 or 70 yards to protect that."

The win lifts Argyle to within five points of sixth-placed Fleetwood.

But Sheridan is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He said: "We've had a couple of results which have lifted us up the table but we can't get carried away.

"Two weeks ago we got beaten 4-0, things change very quickly."

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander was left to question how his side reacted to going a goal down.

He said: "I thought there were a couple of individuals who can say they did their best. But apart from that I can't think of many positives.

"I'm a realist and a professional and getting beaten 4-0 at home isn't good enough.

"We started fine but didn't react at all well to the goal. We didn't react in the right way.

"We got them in at half-time and told them not to chase the game. But the second goal is a massive punch in the stomach.

"We need to hold ourselves, as professionals, better than we did."


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