LEAGUE 2 Sheridan and Tisdale already looking ahead

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan hopes Saturday goal hero Jason Banton is fit for tomorrow's crucial relegation "six-pointer" at second from bottom York City.

Tottenham-born Banton, 20, scored a superb solo winner in first half stoppage time as Sheridan's Pilgrims overcame Devon derby rivals Exeter City in front of League Two's biggest gate of the season, 13,251, at Home Park.

The on-loan Crystal Palace forward – who has now scored six goals in 11 games since joining Plymouth - was substituted after 72 minutes after smashing a 20 yard winner off the inside of the post as the Pilgrims claimed their third league win in a row for the first time in two years.

Post-match Sheridan revealed: "Jason hasn't trained all week. He has had a bit of a stiff back. We will just have to assess him. It might be a case of changing one or two because we have got a long trip and we had a very hard game against Exeter. Whoever comes in I expect them to fill the boots of the player they replace."

Midfielder Lee Cox (shoulder) is an injury doubt and "struggling for Monday" according to Sheridan. The on-loan Swindon Town midfielder was replaced by Plymouth-born playmaker Luke Young at half time against Exeter.

Sheridan said: "It's shame we can't enjoy the win a bit more but I am focusing on the York game now and that's probably a bigger game than today."

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale - who has injury concerns over influential playmaker Tom Doherty, substituted at half time at Plymouth - is already focused on tomorrow's task and a big home game against Rochdale at St James' Park.

Tisdale, whose promotion-chasing side remain seventh, said: “We have got six games to go, 18 points at stake and as much as I feel miserable now, it’s good for me to acknowledge that - understand why and how - and move to the next, which we have to.

“Whatever happened here, Monday was always going to be a very big game. At this stage of the season every game is vital. Football is all about the next game, especially at this time of year."

SWSN star Conor Hourihane (Plymouth)

 

 

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