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Spirit satisfies Sheridan

John Sheridan praised Plymouth's never-say-die attitude after earning a late 1-1 draw with Mansfield for the second time this season.

Pilgrims' striker Lewis Alessandra netted a dramatic equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage-time to earn a point from a 1-1 draw after Matt Rhead had given the Stags the lead with 16 minutes left.

It was another bitter blow for Mansfield manager Paul Cox, who had seen his side beaten 1-0 by Argyle at the One Call Stadium earlier in the season when Pilgrims' defender Neal Trotman headed home a winner four minutes into stoppage time.

"The good thing to come out of the game is that we didn't give in, again," said Sheridan. "We went to the final minute. We kept battling until the end and we didn't get beat, which is a positive sign.

"We've battled again, which we've done a few times this season. We've battled until the final whistle and shown great resilience. It was a difficult game - Mansfield made it very difficult for us."

Alessandra fired home after being played in by substitute Nathan Thomas to keep alive Plymouth's outside hopes of making up the 11-point gap between them and the play-offs.

"We need to win our home games if we're going to climb up the table," said Sheridan. "We've drawn our last three at home now and to get anything back from these games, we have to go and win two away games.

"Draws are not what we after, but we didn't get beaten, and we did have a go late on. We've just got to try and get points as quickly as possible."