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Key points: Sheridan's Northampton press conference

22 March 2018


Key points: Sheridan's Northampton press conference

22 March 2018

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Head coach John Sheridan faced the media ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Northampton Town.

Sheridan’s side are unbeaten in four games, and picked up a key victory against rivals Rochdale on Tuesday night. 

Below are the key points from John’s press conference…

On the first win at the club…

“We’re on a decent little run and the most important thing is we’re just going to try and win every game and get the three points.

“I think the good thing is the standard we’re playing at, we’re hard to beat which is a plus for me, because we know we’re in a relegation fight and we’re working our socks of and making life difficult for the opposition.”

On Saturday’s opponents, Northampton…

“They had a good result during the week, and played a different formation.

“They’ve got one or two injuries and John-Joe O’Toole is suspended, but we know they are a team that’s fighting for their lives.

“They’re not going to come and lie down and they know the importance of this. They’ll see it as a chance to pick three points up as well, so we’ve got to make life difficult for them.

“We’ll work on what they do but I want to look at us. I want to focus on how we can affect the game and go and win it.

“We’re at home and I expect us to win the game. If we were playing Wigan or Blackburn, I’d still tell the players that I’d expect us to win the game.

“Nothing’s achieved yet, and we’ve got to concentrate on trying to get the wins as quickly as we can.”

On the fans…

“The fans don’t come and pay the money to watch you lose football matches so hopefully we can get a win at home quickly.

“The supporters have been right behind us. They’ve supported me for the four games I’ve been here.

“They want what we want, we want to win games and stay in the division so hopefully we’re all in it together.

“I think the fans responded to the two good performances at home hopefully we can just get that little bit more.

“I’m just after points. If we play well, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re getting something from games and our objective is to stay in the division, but winning games is a good feeling.”

On squad fitness…

“Everyone’s fit. I’m leaving good players off the bench, which is difficult.

“I don’t like doing it, but they’ll all be involved in some way. I try and treat them the best way I can.

“I like the subs affecting the game, like they did the other night, and I want that in the team.

“It’s important all players are fit. I wouldn’t pick out any individuals out, the eleven I pick have still got another eight or nine that I can fit in the squad, it’s important to keep everyone fit for the run in.”

On that state of play in League One…

“When you get in that little run when you’re not winning games, sometimes it’s difficult to get out of, luck doesn’t go your way when you’re down there.

“As long as we’re doing the right things our luck will change.

“Since I’ve come in we’ve been creating chances, but we know the importance of keeping a clean sheet. We’ve got players in the team who will create chances, and hopefully we’ll put them away which we did the other night.”

On the atmosphere in the club…

“From day one the players have responded for me coming in. Hopefully it continues, I want us to improve and stay unbeaten as long as we can, and get the wins we’re after as quickly as we can.

“It’s down to the players. Players who were losing a lot of games on the trot, are all of a sudden on an unbeaten run where they could possibly have won all four games since I’ve been in.

“I just hope it’s given them a bit of confidence and belief that they can get out of the position we’re in.”

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