Hartlepool United will come up against a familiar face at Plymouth Argyle who are looking to bounce back from defeats

Peter Hartley in action against Rochdale away for Hartlepool United last season
Peter Hartley in action against Rochdale away for Hartlepool United last season

PLYMOUTH Argyle boss John Sheridan is looking for a reaction from his players after back-to-back defeats.

The Pilgrims go into the Sky Bet League Two match at Home Park on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers and a 2-1 loss at Morecambe last Saturday.

Sheridan admitted the performance from his players on Tuesday simply “wasn’t good enough” and said there wasn’t much more to add other than they will look to improve when Colin Cooper’s side visit.

Reflecting on the Wycombe defeat, Sheridan said: “I will take it on the chin, whatever criticism I get.

“We have got to be better as a group. I can pick a team – everyone can pick a team, and think so and so should be playing – but I picked a team that hopefully was going to win us the game.

“We are not going to hide anything.”

It was Argyle’s first of the season at the Theatre of Greens.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match, Sheridan added: “It is back to the drawing-board.

“You get two [good] results, and now we have had two bad results, so it is very disappointing.

“I am the manager, so I will take responsibility.

““We have got to get back to winning ways.

“There is not a lot to say about the game, so I just need to pick myself up and pick the players up and hopefully try and get the result we want on Saturday,” said Sheridan who was speaking to his club’s website.

Plymouth, who have former Hartlepool United defender Peter Hartley in their ranks, hope to have Lewis Alessandra and Marvin Morgan back in contention.

Alessandra missed the Wycombe match after feeling ill ahead of kick-off, while Morgan was absent due to the birth of his son.

Hartlepool-born Hartley, who left Pools for Stevenage at the start of last season, signed a two-year deal with Plymouth in the summer.