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Sheridan: We have to accept the result and move on

Head coach reacts to narrow Millers defeat

7 April 2018


Sheridan: We have to accept the result and move on

Head coach reacts to narrow Millers defeat

7 April 2018

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Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan spoke after Town's narrow 3-2 defeat away at promotion hopefuls Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Eastham's early goal was cancelled out by an own goal seven minutes later, but a quick second half goal from the Millers saw them take the lead, before Cian Bolger's powerful head levelled the score again. 

It was captain to the rescue as Richard Wood's close range effort seals all three points for the home side.

Here is what the head coach had to say… 

On being on the wrong side of a five goal thriller…

"It is obviously disappointing being the first defeat since I have been in charge.

"I am not going to be too hard on the players because I feel we could have got a draw out of the games, but I don't think we played to the level we have done in recent weeks.

"We got off to a great start, however when I analyse the game, Rotherham were the better team without really creating too many chances. They had a lot of possession against us on probably the best pitch in the division, but with our system we played, we should have done that side better.

"I don't think we played on the front foot today or created enough chances. We never really got going and I know we scored two goals but it wasn't enough."

On the goals conceded…

"There were a few set plays for their goals and defensively in recent weeks we've been solid.

"As I said earlier, I am not going to be too hard on the players because we know we can do a lot better. I will look back but I think I know how we could have done better.

"We gave away a lot of silly free-kicks away in and around our area, and when Newell has a good delivery, it puts you under a lot of pressure.

"Rotherham's third goal came from us being on the edge of their box, we missed placed a ball and then we give a free-kick away in a dangerous area and they go and score.

"I am going to just accept it and move on and try to rectify it on Tuesday at Oxford."

On playing against a promotion side and being in the game…

"In previous games we have created more chances than we have today, but we weren't at our best.

"Since I have been manager, I don't think we got going against them but it's about us now preparing ourselves for Tuesday.

"We now move on."

On the games coming thick and fast…

"Some of the players looked a bit tired today and you could see that.

"I have kept with the same players, the same system for a number of games now and today we never got into that rhythm.

"The lads have done brilliantly since I arrived, it's important we now move on from this and do a lot better.

On bouncing back…

"I don't think 51 points will be enough so we have to be aware of situation, and go and get more points.

"In my eyes we need another win or another two points just to give us that security and that belief that we will stay in the league.

"The run we have been on has been fantastic, but Oxford we go and try to get the result we want."

On his target for the rest of the 2017/18 season…

"I want us to win as many as we can and play well.

"If we can try and get the points as early as we can, it will then give me the opportunity to look at one or two other players because I have stuck to certain players.

"That side has stayed the same for a number of games now, however we will look forward and pick ourselves up for a busy week ahead."

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