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Sheridan: Everyone is buzzing with the victory

2 April 2018

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John Sheridan shared his delight following Easter Monday's 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at Highbury.

Below are the key points from John's post-match press conference... 

On the match…

"It was a difficult game against a very good team who are still looking to get into the play-offs.

"They might have had more possession against us, but we've gone away 2-0 winners and that's the thing with us.

"I don't think we started off well and they created one or two half chances but I felt we kept our shape, we made ourselves hard to beat and the work ethic from the players is absolutely brilliant.

"My team talk at half-time was very similar to what it has been in the past, when I was talking about raising our game, get further up the field and close them down and we did that in the second half.

"That's what the lads did and people will talk about the sending off but we didn't allow them space and we took the game to them being the home team.

"We've won 2-0, it's another clean-sheet and everybody is buzzing!"

On the key moments in the match…

"Ash's [Hunter] goal was very similar to his goal he scored against MK Dons.

"He has that in his locker and if he gets the opportunity, he will always take it on and he has one hell of a strike on him and to hit it first time, great goal.

"Bobby came on and his pass and awareness set up Ash and the ball was nicely placed for him to hit it first time and you don't save those in the top corner."

On the red card for Rovers' Chris Lines…

"The red card doesn't bother me, it's his own fault.

"He kept going on at the referee and then he told him four times to leave it alone, but the fifth time he said something, he has sent him off.

"It is a plus for us, but I just want to talk about my lads and my team."

On the desire shown by Fleetwood…

"The good thing about us is that when he take a corner or a free-kick, we have that desire to get to the ball, and if it breaks on us, we have players who are working their socks off to win it back.

"We have blocked shots and crosses when we needed too and put our bodies on the line.

On the impact of the substitutes…

"I have good players who I can bring on and those players up top give me options.

"I'd love Conor [McAleny] to score as he deserves one and that will lift him, and with Paddy he has that experience on the pitch, but I like everybody to feel part of the action.

"When those players are involved, I like them to go out and give me a problem come the end of the game, but unfortunately for them, we are winning and keeping clean sheets.

Is it job done on 51 points…

"We are making it tough for other teams in and around us and now they have to catch us.

"I don't think 51 points is enough, we still don't know what is going to happen in this league, but I am only bothered about us.

"Let's try and get as many points as we can, try and stay unbeaten and push up the table as quickly as we can."

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