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Next two games could decide Plymouth Argyle’s season

IMG_1764PLYMOUTH Argyle’s play-off hopes could be decided with two home games within the space of four days.

On Saturday, John Sheridan’s side host struggling Mansfield Town before then welcoming AFC Wimbledon to Home Park on Tuesday.

After Tuesday, the Pilgrims will have just three matches left – away at Carlisle, at home to Tranmere and away at Shrewsbury – so manager John Sheridan is more than aware how crucial the next few days will be for his team.

Argyle dropped out of the play-off zone on Easter Monday after losing 2-1 away at Portsmouth.

There is now a five-way battle for the final two play-off spots, with just one point separating sixth-placed Stevenage and 10th-placed Exeter City.

Stevenage and seventh-placed Newport sit on 62 points, with 10th-placed Argyle, ninth-placed Luton and Exeter all on 61 points.

Sheridan admits only wins matter now.

“I’m not bothered about the performance, it’s the three points that matter,” said the Argyle boss.

Mansfield will arrive in Devon desperate for a win after losing their last four games. That run of results means they are only six points off the drop.

Argyle will be without captain Curtis Nelson for Saturday’s match after he was sent off for two bookable offences against Portsmouth of Monday.

However, the Greens hope Anthony O’Connor will be fit to play after missing the last two games with a groin injury.

Mansfield have injury doubts over experienced midfielder Ricky Ravenhill, Jamie McGuire and Vadaine Oliver.

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