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Sheridan Looking Forward To Millwall Test

28 April 2016

Manager John Sheridan will not be taking his foot off the gas after seeing his side secure their Sky Bet League One status last week.

The gaffer has challenged his players to continue the good momentum built up and end the season strongly with wins from their final two games of the season.

The first of those two games is against Millwall on Saturday afternoon, and Sheridan was full of praise for his managerial counterpart.

He said: "It will be a tough game but it’s one I’m looking forward to. We’re going there knowing we are safe so it gives us a bit of freedom and we can test ourselves against a really good team. 

"I think Neil Harris has done an excellent job there and it’s his first job so full credit to him. He’s got a lot of affinity to the club and he was an excellent player as well so they’re going well and they will be looking to push on and keep winning. 

"They will want to finish strong if they are in the play offs but it will be a good test for us. I’ve played there, managed there and I really like going there. 

“The fans create an atmosphere there and it’s a good game to be involved in for us.”

After safety was assured last week following the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra, the manager reflected on his 22 games in charge.

“When we haven’t played well, we always got something out of games,” he admitted. "Last week was a prime example and if you win 20 of them a season, you will be fine and I wouldn’t mind that. 

“It was important that we put it to bed and got the three points which put us too far ahead of the other teams around us. 

"It’s been a great response from the players since I’ve been here and full credit to them. I think it’s a really good achievement to get where we are considering where we were when I first came in. 

"To get 54 points and be safe with two games to go was very pleasing for us. 

"I was fully confident that I could do the job. Sometimes I put pressure on myself but I had the belief that I could come in and do well. 

“I looked at the fixtures before I came in and we had drawn too many games but we weren’t getting battered in games. 

"There was something wrong somewhere and it’s a results business and managers lose their jobs. But I’ve come in and everyone has responded. 

“Peter Shirtliff came in who I knew well and the staff already here worked hard, it’s just about the manager. 

"The fans have been brilliant and I can’t believe the support I’ve had since coming back. Everyone was together and it gives you a really good chance if you’re going in the same way.”

Last week’s win also allowed the manager to start preparing for the 2016/17 campaign and he revealed that he is going to be interacting with his players about their contracts soon.

"I’m going to be speaking to one or two players now. It enables me to do that because of where we are and I know that we are safe,” he said. 

"I’ll be speaking to one or two players to see if we can agree and get us ready for next season. Whenever I let someone go, it’s a case of go and prove me wrong. 

"Managers make decisions for the benefit of the team. It doesn’t mean that they are a bad player, hopefully they go on and have a successful career. 

“I’ll be having a holiday with the family but during the summer you’ve got to keep your eyes open and listen to things what are going on to make sure we are prepared for when we get back.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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