Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan leads praise for 'brilliant' Green Army
MANAGER John Sheridan has led the praise of the Green Army for their support in Plymouth Argyle's crucial 2-1 win away to Aldershot Town at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Two-goal Jason Banton and on-loan Swindon Town midfielder Lee Cox, who made his debut in the relegation 'six-pointer', echoed the sentiments of Sheridan.
There was an attendance of 3,241 for the match, which included 907 Argyle fans who had made the trip to the crunch League Two clash.
It was Sheridan's first away game as manager and he was very impressed with the turn-out from the Green Army.
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Sheridan said: "I thought the fans were brilliant. The following was unbelievable.
"I know Aldershot is one of the closer games for them – at four hours away – but they were absolutely tremendous.
"That's not just me trying to get on their side. I'm pleased we got the result for them."
The travelling Argyle supporters made up 28 per cent of Aldershot's season-best attendance.
The previous highest gate at the Recreation Ground this term was 2,992 for a FA Cup third round tie against Rotherham United on January 5.
Banton, the on-loan Crystal Palace winger, made only his second appearance for Argyle in the victory over Aldershot.
His debut had come at Home Park the previous Saturday when the Pilgrims drew 0-0 with Dagenham and Redbridge.
Banton scored the decisive goal against Aldershot five minutes before half-time, with a curling shot from inside the penalty area.
The 21-year-old immediately raced across to the Green Army to take their acclaim.
Banton said: "I was just buzzing. I wanted to repay them for travelling all that way and let them know we are thankful."
In total, there have been 10,302 Argyle supporters at the club's 15 away games in League Two this season, which works out at an average of 686.
That can be put in perspective by the small numbers of travelling fans who have attended games at Home Park.
The aggregate number of away supporters for Argyle's last three home fixtures – against Morecambe (33), Accrington Stanley (91) and Dagenham (84) – has been 208.
Cox only signed for the Pilgrims on Friday but was put straight into the starting line-up against Aldershot by Sheridan.
The 22-year-old will spend the rest of the season with Argyle and hopes to play his part in leading them to Football League safety.
Cox said: "I have played at Plymouth before (for Oxford United) and it's a massive stadium.
"The fans on Saturday were unreal. That was a shock for me, seeing how many went to Aldershot.
"If they carry on doing that I'm sure it will inspire us to get many more wins."
Argyle's Devon St Luke's Cup quarter-final away to Witheridge tonight has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
It has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 19, with a 7.30pm kick-off at Edge Down Park. The winner will be at home to Exeter City or Tiverton Town in the semi-finals.