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League Two

John Sheridan happy after five-star Plymouth Argyle show

1 March 2014

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan was full of praise for his Sky Bet League 2 play-off chasing side as they beat Morecambe 5-0 at Home Park to record a third win in eight days.

The Pilgrims, who scored four against Fleetwood last weekend, romped to victory with former Shrimps striker Lewis Alessandra scoring two of the quintet.

Sheridan said: "First and foremost it was good to get back to winning ways at home. I thought we were outstanding."

Durrell Berry began the rout in the fifth minute with his first Football League goal.

Skipper Conor Hourihane won the ball in midfield to set up the first of Alessandra's two goals before the break. Curtis Nelson headed Argyle 3-0 up in the 77th minute and substitute Andres Gurrieri started and finished a length-of-the-field counter attack to add a fourth.

Alessandra scored a second, sweeping home from 18 yards in stoppage time to make it 5-0 and take his season's tally to 12 goals.

Sheridan said: "(Jack) Redshaw had a chance just before we scored and it just broke for us. Other than that half chance I think we have totally dominated the game.

"I just think our fitness levels and the tempo of our game wins it. Again it's about the team and I don't normally pick out individuals but I thought Lewis was top drawer.

"To keep a clean sheet and score five goals is very pleasing.

"I think the fans are quite happy with where we are at the moment. Like I have said many times before they are good supporters and they get right behind the team. Before they have had hard times so it's good to give them a little bit of hope.

"Let's hope we can get in a position where we can give ourselves a good chance. We have just got to keep winning games, the next game is the most important game and we want to try and get on a run.

"I will keep my feet firmly on the ground because I know what is around the corner in football but we have got a little bit of momentum going at the moment and we want to keep that going."

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley cut a deflated figure after the final whistle.

He admitted: "We took a good beating and it's hard to take.

"Credit where credit is due Plymouth are a good side.

"Once the first goal went in we seemed to collapse. We look nervy and disjointed and it was too easy to play against us. We didn't do the ugly side. At the start of the season we went nine games unbeaten and we were hard to play against.

"No-one feels it more than me when we lose like we did.

"It is a bad day at the office, we have had a few words and there is a lot of work to be done. It is a test of our character and I am ready for the battle ahead, we have got two big home games coming up and need to bounce back.

"We are in poor form at the moment and we need to turn a corner and turn a corner quickly. We have got a big week of football ahead of us and the players will be in every day.

"We need to regain our confidence because we have not become a bad side overnight."

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