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Key points: John Sheridan's pre-Peterborough United press conference

26 April 2018


Key points: John Sheridan's pre-Peterborough United press conference

26 April 2018

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Fleetwood Town's head coach spoke ahead of Saturday's trip to Peterborough United in Sky Bet League One.

Town suffered a defeat last weekend to newly-promoted Wigan Athletic, and Sheridan is looking for a response in his last away match in charge against The Posh.

Steve Evans is looking to make the same effect, as his side have lost four out of their last five, with the last one being against promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town.

Steve Evans' side look to have missed out on the play-off places, but three points is what the Town boss is looking for in his last away match in charge.

Here is what the head coach had to say… 

On the aims until the end of the season…

"The aim for us is to go and get six points after the disappointing result last weekend.

"I want us to finish off the season as strong as we can, finish as high as we can, and also finish on the highest point total we can, but these two games will be difficult for us and we will be prepared.

"If we can finish 12th in the league table, it's a lot better than 18th and that is what I want to do, go out and finish as high as we can!"

On Saturday's opponents Peterborough United…

"I feel they will be disappointed that they won't have met their aim of reaching the play-offs. They always looked to be in and around that area, but I don't think they can get their now.

"Steve Evans has only just gone in there, and he will stamp is foot on the team more next season, however Peterborough are one of those teams who on their day, can beat anyone.

"They have some very good players at both ends of the pitch, especially attacking wise and they do play good football. They are on a slippery run at the moment and don't have much to play for, but Steve will be like myself, he will look for pride and for his team to win and finish off the season style.

"We go there with not much to play for, but we will go there and be professional. I don't want to go down there and lose, and I do hope it's a good game, and hopefully we will come out on top.

"I want to go and win the game!"

On a good finish in the 2017/18 campaign…

"If we can go and get a good couple of results before the end of the season, it can help the lads prepare for next season.

"The season is 46 games, and if we are being honest, the team hasn't had the best of years, so we shouldn't just be looking to avoid relegation, we should be in and around the play-offs like this club was 12 months ago.

"Since I arrived, we've done okay and if we can finish off strongly, the points tally will look okay come the final game."

On the update of the squad ahead of Peterborough…

"The team is okay, everybody is near enough fit and that has been the case since day one for myself, I have been lucky with that.

"Going into the game, I will pick a team who will be strong, and who will be wanting to win the game so whatever team I pick, I'm sure they'll do that.

"Last game I made a few changes and bar the result, I thought we started off well and competed against Wigan, but then that bit of quality and game knowhow was there on show.

"There's stuff from Saturday that the players can learn from and that is why Wigan are the best team and why they have been promoted.

"The squad is fit and ready for the match!"

On John Sheridan's future…

"I have been asking many questions regarding myself and my future, and I am a big believer in what will be, will be.

"I have said it before, but I will say it again, I appreciate the Chairman giving me this job in the first place and I haven't done myself any harm.

"The most important thing for me is that I have come in and have kept the team in the league and that's what I have done. It's not up to me to say if I have done a good job or not, or if I will get another job, but I do want to be in football.

"I feel I have done alright at this football club, but I am pleased for the players, and also pleased for the club.

"I want to be in the game, I want to be managing and I don't want to be getting this name of me just saving teams, I know I have done a lot better in my career than what that suggests.

“But we have to wait and see and watch this space.”

On trying something different in the match… 

"I don't think you can look at these games to experiment or give players a run out for next season. The new manager coming in can do that.

"Like I have said, I want to finish off the season strong and win the last two matches. Let's go and get the six points and finish on a high.”

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