Snow joke as Plymouth Argyle boss Sheridan rues Southend freeze off
MANAGER John Sheridan admitted he was disappointed by the postponement of Plymouth Argyle's away League Two game against Southend United today because of a frozen pitch.
Sheridan had been hoping the 22nd-placed Pilgrims would be able to build on their 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Home Park last Saturday in his first match as their boss.
However, the wintry weather which has swept across the country put paid to that.
A pitch inspection was carried out at Roots Hall at 10.30am yesterday – an hour before the Argyle squad had been scheduled to leave for Southend.
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It was immediately apparent there was no chance of the game being played.
Sheridan told Herald Sport: "I'm not surprised but I'm disappointed. We have worked hard all week to prepare for the game.
"We wanted to play and try to build on our win against Morecambe but, unfortunately, it was not to be.
"The pleasing thing is we didn't travel (to Southend) as there was an early inspection.
"We gave the lads a tough training session yesterday and we will start work again on Monday.
"We have got to get ready for two home games coming up in which we will be looking to pick up points."
Argyle return to action next Saturday when Accrington, another of the struggling sides in League Two, visit Home Park.
The Pilgrims will then host Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, February 2 before playing their next away game, against Aldershot Town a week later.
The postponement of the trip to Southend gives Argyle's new recruits Anthony Charles and Gozie Ugwu more time to settle into their new surroundings
The pair only completed moves to Home Park on Thursday.
Southend would almost certainly have been without defender Ryan Cresswell and midfield duo Kevan Hurst and Marc Laird because of injuries had the game against Argyle gone ahead.
However, former Pilgrims' boss Paul Sturrock had added midfielder Michael Spillane to the Blues' squad in a transfer from Dagenham on Thursday.
Southend have had a busy start to 2013, playing five times already, so the enforced rest could be a benefit for them.
They have lost their last three games in League Two, dropping to seventh spot in the table, and were beaten 2-1 at Brentford in a FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday.
Sturrock said: "It is disappointing to have the game (against Argyle) called off because we are desperate to get back to winning ways in the league and try to put the FA Cup defeat behind us.
"We have now got lots of time to prepare for a tough trip to Chesterfield (next Saturday). In some ways, the postponement is a benefit in kind. We have got quite a few injuries at the moment and they would not have been available.
"So in that sense it's good. And it will give us time to allow Michael (Spillane) to settle in and get to know everyone. Sometimes it's difficult going straight into a side after a couple of days."
The pitch covers had been on at Roots Hall all week but were unable to stop the ground from becoming frozen.
Southend chief executive Steve Kavanagh said: "It's disappointing because we would have liked to have got the game on.
"Unfortunately the weather has meant the pitch has become frozen and it was deemed dangerous to play on. Of course, we also had to take into consideration the long journey that Plymouth Argyle would have to make to get here."
Kavanagh added a date for the re-arranged game would be confirmed as soon as possible.