John Sheridan sees an opening for Plymouth Argyle to climb table
JOHN SHERIDAN believes relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle have an immediate opportunity to improve their position in League Two.
Three of the next four games will be played at Home Park, starting with the visit of Morecambe on Saturday.
The Pilgrims are away to Paul Sturrock's Southend United on January 12 before hosting Accrington Stanley and Dagenham & Redbridge over the following two weekends.
Sheridan has a points target in mind for those four matches which he believes would see Argyle in a much better league position than they are in now.
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The new Pilgrims boss said: "I think we have got a great opportunity. I look at the next four games and we have got three at home.
"I have seen the fixtures, and some of the results they (Argyle) have had, and they have proven they can play against the so-called best teams in the division.
"I have got a points tally in my head I would like to get from the four games, and if we can get that I think we will find ourselves in a positive position."
Sheridan was confirmed as Argyle manager on Sunday night after he had attended the 4-0 defeat away to title-chasing Port Vale in the Potteries the previous afternoon.
The former Oldham and Athletic and Chesterfield manager sat in the directors' box, next to former Argyle captain Darren Purse, and took notes during the game.
Argyle conceded the first goal in the 32nd minute and, immediately from the restart, striker Nick Chadwick was sent-off for violent conduct after an off-the-ball incident involving Vale's Ashley Vincent.
Sheridan said: "I actually thought the team started well in the game. The sending off, unfortunately, changed the game for us.
"I think the lads got flat after going a goal down and then getting a sending-off straight away, but my first impressions were that they started the game really well.
"When I have looked at the fixtures and how they have lost games, they haven't really been beaten up by any side.
"That (the defeat by Vale) was probably the first game where they have taken a good hiding, but the big downfall was getting the sending-off.
"Games have been really tight throughout the season. I think the problem has been they haven't been scoring enough goals.
"You have got to score goals to win football matches and, unfortunately, the team haven't been doing that."
Chadwick must serve a three-match suspension after he was sent-off for elbowing Vincent, and will therefore not be available for selection by Sheridan until the visit of Dagenham on February 2.
Sheridan said: "I think it was wrong of Nick. I have seen it on video and he can't really defend himself in any way.
"I think, deep down, he knows he shouldn't have done it.
"To be fair to Nick, he started the game well. It was just a big downer for the players, after going a goal down and then getting someone sent-off.
"He let the players down and he's going to miss games. He's not going to impress me sat in the stand is he?"
Sheridan was asked whether Chadwick had been disciplined by the club as a result of his red card.
He replied: "I don't really know. I was only watching the game so I don't think it's my decision.
"I know if I had been the manager at the time I would have disciplined him."
Sheridan's predecessor as Argyle manager, Carl Fletcher, did not enjoy dealing with the media during his 15-month tenure, but the new boss sees it as 'part and parcel' of his role.
He certainly carried out all the interview requests at his introductory media call at Home Park yesterday very professionally.
Sheridan said: "I have been a manager now for five or six years. I wouldn't say it (dealing with the media) is something I really enjoy but it's something that doesn't really bother me.
"I will do what I have to do. If I can let people know what's going on in and around the club through the media, so be it. I'm very comfortable with it."