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Key points: Sheridan's pre-Wigan Athletic press conference

19 April 2018

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John Sheridan has spoken to the media ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Wigan Athletic.

Fleetwood Town are back at Highbury Stadium on Saturday after three games away, and face tough opponents in Paul Cook's side, who currently sit top of the table.

Here is what Sheridan had to say…

On the match against local rivals Blackpool

"We are all hurt about the game last weekend, and especially in those type of games, they do affect you.
"As a manager, you can accept a defeat because you know it can happen, but it was just the way it all went. The players did everything I asked of them throughout the game and when we went one up, I thought we'd go and win.
"It's important we all move on and don't over think about it, but that's football and how the game goes.
"We switched off for five minutes, but overall I am pleased with the way we played. I can't get on the players because they have been brilliant and they should be proud of how they've responded to keep this club in the league."
On preparations ahead of welcoming Wigan this Saturday…
"We were all off on Monday, and were at Ted's [Lowery] funeral on Tuesday and I has been a quiet week football wise.
"The staff have worked them hard today getting ourselves ready for the game on Saturday. It's a great game for us playing probably the best team in the league and if we win that, we will be safe.
"I want us to go and play with freedom against top of the league, and with the big crowd, I hope we can perform and pick up the win."
On yesterday's news and how it has affected the players and staff…
"Not at all, we knew the circumstances so in a way it's not a shock to people.
"I have been in the game a long time, but it hasn't affected me or the players ahead of Wigan. I am looking forward to the next three games and trying to win every one of them.
"More than anything, I appreciate the Chairman and the club giving me the opportunity to come here in the first place, and I don't think I have let myself down.
"People appreciate the job I have done and as I've said previously, I have enjoyed my time here and everybody from the players to staff have made me feel very welcome.
"Sometimes you move on, but my focus is on the win this weekend and that will be focus until the end of the season.
"I am going to give it 100% focus, and get Fleetwood as high up the table as we can."
On Cian Bolger after he missed the Fylde Coast Derby…
"Cian is okay after picking up concussion last week.
"The rules now are really strict which is only for the best interest of players and for us, Cian.
"He did get a right whack in the face with the ball, but he will be okay for Saturday."

On Wigan being the best team in the division…
"When I went to see them the other night, I wouldn't say on that performance but that is a sign of a good team picking up points.
"I know Paul Cook very well and he has done a brilliant job and he knows he did well at Portsmouth with his time there, and has successful in recent years.
"I do think they have best team in the league, they have good players and match winners in the team and I am really looking forward to the match.
"It will be a good test for us, but I believe we can win the game and we are full of confidence."
On Fleetwood being party-poopers on Saturday…  
"I'd like to think we can cause an upset. It will be good because they will bring a few supporters and will create a great atmosphere.
"This will test the players more than anything and see how far we've come. The players have battled all season but Saturday will see where we are.
"We are playing against a team who look like they are going up along with Blackburn, so it will be a test, they'll know they'll be in for a battle and hopefully we can come through it as winners."

Full steam ahead…
"I am focused on doing the job I have been brought in for.
"I think it was 13 games left when I came in so I'd like to finish those off and get this club further up the table.
"With three games left I feel we've done it in terms of safety, but we need to finish the season of strong."

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