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Sheridan: I'm chuffed to bits

Boss reacts after Tuesday night's win over Oxford

10 April 2018

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Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan spoke to the media after Fleetwood Town's 1-0 victory over Oxford United on Tuesday night.

It was an even opening 45 minutes at The Kassam Stadium with both teams creating chances, however the second half was frustrating for the home side as they couldn't convert their shots on goal.

However, it was former Oxford loanee Conor McAleny who got the winning goal in the 92nd minute, and what a strike it was to see Town up to 11th in the Sky Bet League One, on 54 points.

Here is what the head coach had to say… 

On Conor McAleny's injury time goal…

"It was a magnificent goal by Conor McAleny, and I am chuffed to bits it was him who got it.

"He has had a difficult time and does beat himself up at times because he has that sort of quality in his game.

"I hope this gives him a big lift going forward until the end of the season,"

On the game against Oxford United…

"I didn't enjoy watching the game to tell you the truth.

"Oxford were the better team on the night and created chances, good chances in my opinion but the game was scrappy at times.

"I was disappointed in the way we played, but I am not going to moan too much as I am very pleased we got the point which I feel will now keep us in the division.

"To do this with four games to go, it is a massive achievement for the lads and I am chuffed for everybody involved at the club because they've made me so welcome since my arrival.

"I believe we've got enough points now to stay in this league."

On staying in the game and waiting for the one opportunity…

"The one thing we have done is grind out games out and defend very well as a team.

"Tonight, Oxford gave us two or three problems with the ball coming into the box, but we have defended them well.

"Alex Cairns has made two great saves when we were under the cosh, which has kept us in the game. It's another clean sheet, and one we had to work really hard for.

"We got that one chance late on, and it was a goal well worthy of winning any game."

On how Conor McAleny is feeling…

"Conor want to be in the team and he wants to be playing and scoring goals, he is a striker."

"He is the type of player I would have liked to have played with as he is a very intelligent player and I don't think we have used him to his strengths in recent matches when he has been on the pitch.

"It has been about grinding results out since day one and he, and the players have done brilliantly. Now we can go and have a bit of freedom and knock the ball around better and create loads of chances.

"They haven't half done well to get us where we are at this moment in time."

On the substitutes early in the second half…

"We played a different system tonight, with one or two different players in different areas.

"I gave Bobby [Grant] a chance along with Jordy [Hiwula] and I feel I have players who will score goals and created chances in matches whoever is on the pitch.

"It is all about the team and we've worked out socks off to get the results we have got in the last nine games.

"I really am chuffed to bits."

On being on 54 points with four games remaining…  

"It is all down to the players.

"Not much has changed in terms of the group, but they've made my job easy and played their best and that has meant the results have come our way.

"Football is a funny game as you are up and down like a yo-yo, but there is a lot of people who have played a bit part in us being where we are.

"It could have easily gone against us with teams below us worrying, but with four games to go we won't be one of them and that is a massive plus for us.

"It's a big derby game for us at the weekend against Blackpool, I know the chairman will want to win that one, and we go there with freedom after tonight's result." 

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