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Gaffer Looks To Secure League One Safety Tomorrow

22 April 2016

Manager John Sheridan will not take Crewe Alexandra lightly tomorrow and will be eyeing the three points which will seal his side’s League One status for next season.

The gaffer cited nine wins from 20 games to keep his side safe from relegation, and his players have almost delivered that tally.

Eight wins is what Latics have, and a win against already-relegated Crewe Alexandra will ensure Sheridan’s men play in Sky Bet League One next season. 

However, despite their lowly position, the gaffer will not be taking his opponents lightly and warned his players to be on top form to get the win.

He said: "It’s a tricky game. I don’t wish relegation upon anyone and it’s not nice for Steve [Davis] and the team. They are a dangerous team and a good footballing side.

"They are a young team and they bring players through which is what they are well known for. I’ve got to be wary of their threats and a lot of their players will be playing for their futures so we’re wary of that. 

"I’m just going to worry about my side though and we just have to carry on like we have been doing. We have been playing on the front foot, have lots of energy about us and we have created chances. 

“We are winning football matches and working hard as a team to keep clean sheets, and that’s credit to the team.”

The gaffer will not be taking his foot off the pedal if his side do stay in the division, and has eyed maximum points from the final three games.

“I’d like us to win the next three games, starting with Crewe,” he admitted. “We then have Millwall who are one of the best in the division and then we have Coventry and I want us to finish on a high. 

"Crewe will be tricky but it’s one I think we can win and then we can test ourselves against two good sides in this division. I won’t be taking my foot off the pedal. 

"It would be great if we can get it done on Saturday and it’s a great achievement by the players. They have had a difficult season but hopefully I can speak more after the game on Saturday. 

“Hopefully I have a big smile on my face and we have the job done.”

A win tomorrow will allow the manager to start preparing for next season but he just wants to focus on mathematically staying in the division first of all.

He said: "At this moment in time, I don’t want to jump ahead of the gun, there is still a chance that it might not happen so I’ve just got to keep my head together, not talk too much, and try and get the points we need tomorrow. 

"I think I know what is required player wise. I’ll have to decide what happens here with the squad I’ve got and then if I can strengthen, then I can get the right personnel in to push us on next season.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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