Writer: Ian De-Lar
Date:Sunday January 6 2013
New Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan is a lucky man.
He has inherited a team that cannot fall any further and can only improve.
After Saturday's 4-0 drubbing by Port Vale Argyle dropped into the relegation zone in League Two and are one point away from safety but have played two more games than their rivals.
In summary - things can only get better!
Sheridan has a blank canvas and 19 cup finals to save Argyle from relegation to the Conference.
There are problems all over the pitch but I believe the players are still good enough for a top 15 finish; confidence is obviously lacking at the moment and a new manager usually brings one or two wins during his first few games.
We need to score goals, we simply do not score enough and I'm sure that Sheridan will have noted during the match against Port Vale that Argyle's set-pieces are very poor.
Scoring from free-kicks and corners is a big feature in League Two and we haven't done that all season.
Luckily Paul Wotton has returned from injury and his set-piece delivery is one of the best in the lower leagues, although it was disappointing that he didn't conduct the set-piece routine in the game at Vale Park.
Wotton's corners and free-kicks will be crucial to Argyle surviving, although we still need players to attack the corners with conviction and get their head on the ball.
The team also lacks experience, the starting eleven against Port Vale had Durrell Berry, Luke Young and Conor Hourihane all playing in only their second season in professional football, with Curtis Nelson at centre-back aged just 19 and Paris Cowan-Hall arriving from non-league and playing in only in his first full season in the Football League.
That's five inexperienced players; not what you need for a relegation dogfight.
Sheridan will also need to add some height and muscle to the squad. We've seen so many League Two teams packed with 6-foot plus players, dwarfing some of the Argyle squad.
There's no doubt that Sheridan will use his contact book and bring in some experienced players, however some players will also have to leave Home Park.
The fans can also play their part in the 19 cup finals; we need unity and togetherness, the exact same spirit the Green Army showed when the club was in administration in 2011.
The fans need to do what it says on the tin - support!
Welcome aboard the good ship Mayflower, John, and good luck!
Date:Sunday January 6 2013
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