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Sheridan on Plymouth draw, penalty decisions and encouraging performance

10 March 2018

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John Sheridan has given his thoughts after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle.

Sheridan watched his side come back once again to earn a well-deserved point after Moses Makasi opened the scoring.

Paddy Madden levelled ten minutes after the break, scoring his fourth goal for Town since his January move from Scunthorpe United.

Here’s what the head coach had to say after the match:

On the match versus Plymouth…

“It was another good performance from us against one of the inform teams in the league.

“They have beaten the likes of Wigan and Blackburn recently, but I thought we should have beat them today.

“Plymouth started the game well but I am pleased with how my players responded to going a goal down.

“It’s a poor goal to concede from our behalf but the reaction was very similar to the one against MK Dons last time out.

“I thought we looked like the team going to score and came out in the second half strongly and got on top of them.

“McAleny had some really good chances in the match along with Ash [Hunter], and with his chance I don’t know why he has tried to square it.

“Form that performance, you wouldn’t have thought we were at the bottom end of the table.”

On the two penalty shouts…

“We’ve had two stonewall penalties today not given.

“How the referee hasn’t given any of them I don’t know.

On Madden’s goal…

“It was a great goal by Paddy from Ash Hunter’s cross.

“The front three were a threat all game and looked lively on the break.

“It was a good performance but also disappointing to only get a point.

“When you look at the two games, they are ones where you think we should have won both.

“A draw in our position is not what we are really after but overall I am very pleased.”

On the performances and looking ahead…

“I think with the chances we are creating, we will see a win very soon.

“We were lively and today I had to make changes with Pondy coming in along with Jones and Sowerby.

“Nathan [Pond] came in for Cian Bolger after his injury but with everybody coming in, they all worked their socks off and showed that desire to get all three points.”

On Bolger and his injury…

“Yesterday he went to block a shot and has twisted his groin.

“He underwent a fitness test, but it was still sore but hopefully he will react well and be back soon.

On the teams at the bottom and the positives…

“It is very tight down there, and it would have been great to get all three points.

“I have looked at the fixture and felt if we won, results would have gone away.

“A point is a points and that’s a big positive for me, especially when you look at the performances too.

“I can’t ask much more of the players, It just wasn't to be today."

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