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Sheridan: Our desire and effort was outstanding

30 March 2018

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Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan says that he is delighted with Saturday’s battling performance away at AFC Wimbledon.

Sheridan spoke after The Cod Army won 1-0 at Kingsmeadow after Jack Sowerby's first half strike found the back of the net. It was tricky conditions in South West London, but a result that sees Town win three back to back matches for the first time since August. 

Here is what the head coach had to say after the match...

On the game…

"I really enjoyed that game, and I am going to applaud my players.

"The conditions were really tricky for both teams and it was a game that potentially could have been called off.

"When we got the goal, we obviously want the game to go ahead and keep playing and their desire and everything was brilliant.

"We aren't half doing well as a group to keep the ball out of the net, and they did have a few changes but nothing really clear-cut.

"Today was all about the result and the clean sheet!"

On the possibility of the game being called off at the break…

"The referee pulled myself and Neal Ardley [AFC Wimbledon manager] to the side and explained the situation.

"He wanted to keep the game on and full credit to the officials for making that happen, he could have easily called it off.

"The ball was stopping but both set of players tried their best because it was a huge game for us both.

"We didn't want to come back down here on a Tuesday night, however the most pleasing thing is that we got the three points."

On that being a huge victory come the end of the season…

"I have to say the next win will be the biggest win.

"We possibly need another win and maybe a draw, but I am not focusing on our next match.

"It's important we get to that target of 51 points as early as we can as you don't want to be going into the final games of season looking over your shoulder.

"I've told the players that I want us to go unbeaten until the end of the season and we have to believe in ourselves.

On being eight points clear of the bottom four…

"We haven't got enough points to be safe yet, so at this point in time we need to focus on Bristol Rovers at home.

"The players are chuffed to bits and so they should be. We know the importance of the result and since I have come in, the players have been magnificent.

"Their attitude has been first class, but we now have to get back home and enjoy the journey back."

On keeping another clean sheet…

"It's a sign of a good team keeping four clean sheets on the bounce.

"We are now unbeaten in six and let's hope that continues along with the form we are on at this moment in time.”

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