Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan thrilled by battling spirit

John Sheridan

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan says his players are getting the rewards for their never-say-die attitude.

The Pilgrims fought back from 2-0 down against League One side Port Vale on Sunday to earn a replay in their FA Cup third-round tie.

"We've shown a few times this season that we don't give in," Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon.

"If you've got a will to win and a fighting spirit you've always got a chance, but we played some good stuff."

After a rocky spell earlier in the season, Argyle have climbed the table in League Two and have now lost only one of their last seven games in all competitions.

"The players have a desire to not get beat, so it's down to them," added Sheridan.

"They dig in for each other and you could see the will to get back into the game."

Port Vale are two points off the play-off places in League One, and Sheridan said he was full of admiration for the way his players had bridged the gap between the two sides.

"You wouldn't think there was a division between the teams," he said.

"They're a tough team to play against: they get the ball forward early and put you on the back foot and they're going well in League One.

"I was disappointed we were 2-0 down because we didn't deserve to be, but I'm proud of the players for the way they responded.

"We should have won it in the end. I'm very pleased to get the draw and the replay is well deserved but actually I'm disappointed not to win it."

In-form striker Reuben Reid grabbed his 13th goal of the season and Sheridan said he was pleased for the on-loan 25-year-old, having kept faith in him despite a barren spell earlier in the campaign.

"He's scored goals wherever he's been so it's down to him," said Sheridan.

"He's got a bit of confidence, the team's got a bit of confidence and we're creating chances. I'm pleased he's scoring goals and helping the team get results."

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