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Sheridan: Charlton draw is a valuable point

Head coach reacts after good point in the capital

18 March 2018

John Sheridan says Saturday’s draw at Charlton could prove to be a valuable point come the end of the season.

Sheridan’s side kept their first clean sheet in the league this calendar year, and could have took all three points with Ashley Hunter and Jack Sowerby going close in the second half.

The point means Town are now out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone, ahead of matches with Rochdale and Northampton Town this week.

“It was a good battling performance,” said Sheridan.

“I don’t think we played great but we’ve had a couple of really good chances that unfortunately we didn’t take. We defended as a team and worked our socks off to get something from the game.

“Charlton are a decent team and obviously they’ve got good players. It could be a very valuable point at the end of the season.

“The keeper has made a great save from Ashley [Hunter], and Sowers [Jack Sowerby] on the follow up, but it’s a good point.

“I can see the relegation battle going to the last few games of the season, it’s so tight. I’ve watched Rochdale and I’m very surprised they are bottom of the league.

“They will give us a really tough game and we know we have to go there and take three points.”

Charlton controlled the majority of the possession, but Cod Army goalkeeper Alex Cairns was rarely tested between the sticks.

“[Keeping a clean sheet] is a big plus,” stated Sheridan.

“Since I’ve come in it’s been three draws and three solid performances and we need to be picking things up in every game, and I’m sure if we drew every game from now until the end of the season we’d be alright.

“Obviously we’d like more points, but we’ve moved out of the bottom four so it’s a big plus for us. We’ve got some very tough games coming up – and we’ve come to a tough place today where people probably didn’t expect us to get anything so full credit to the players.

“We’ve got two big games against teams around us in Rochdale and Northampton so it’s a big week for us.”

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