Striker Nick Chadwick frustrated at missing Plymouth Argyle's unbeaten run
NICK CHADWICK admitted he cannot remember a harder time in his career than having to miss out on the Pilgrims' four-match unbeaten run.
Chadwick (pictured left) said it has been 'doubly frustrating' that his six-match suspension has coincided with Plymouth Argyle's renaissance under manager John Sheridan.
The big striker was handed a six-match ban after being sent off for violent conduct at Port Vale last month.
The 30-year-old had been red carded by referee Scott Mathieson, after fourth official Matthew Bristow confirmed Chadwick had elbowed Vale's Ashley Vincent.
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Chadwick was awarded a three-match ban for the 34th-minute offence at Vale Park.
The Football Association then awarded him another three-game rap, retrospectively, for a similar off-the-ball incident between the same two players at the start of the match on January 5.
To make matters worse for Chadwick, new Argyle boss Sheridan was watching his new team from the stands at Vale Park.
The encounter was also the last time the Pilgrims suffered a league defeat as Sheridan's reign has amassed eight points from 12, comprising two wins and two draws.
Chadwick misses Argyle's next two League Two fixtures at home to Oxford United on Saturday and away to Northampton Town the following weekend.
He becomes available again for the Tuesday night clash at AFC Wimbledon on February 28. Chadwick admitted he was 'desperate to be involved' in that game.
Chadwick told Herald Sport: "I can honestly say this has been the most frustrating time I can remember in my career.
"Outside of a long-term injury, this has been easily the worst period for me personally, and not only because the club are doing well and I'm not playing my part in it.
"It wasn't the best example to set to the new gaffer who was watching the (Port Vale) game, but it's me who has paid the price.
"After all, he (Sheridan) has brought in one or two forwards but hasn't seen me play.
"Now I've got to show in training how keen I am to win my place back.
"There is nothing I can do about it. I can't turn back the clock, much as I'd like to.
"I've got to take it on the chin and just work my socks off to be as fit as possible.
"I've got two more games to sit out and believe me it's not easy when you're fit and keen to be a part of helping us keep moving forwards.
"You don't spend as long as I have at Argyle without having a genuine affection for the club.
"Yes, it's going to be a challenge. I will be so relieved when I am free of this suspension."
Chadwick is in his second spell at Home Park, rejoining the Greens in November 2011 after first signing for Argyle eight years ago this month from Everton.
He scored the final goal in the Merseysiders' 3-1 FA Cup third round victory at Home Park in January 2005.