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Sheridan Eyeing Striker Before Weekend Clash With Wigan

11 February 2016

Manager John Sheridan hopes to have an extra addition in his squad before Saturday’s game against Wigan Athletic.

With the loan window open, the gaffer has openly admitted he is in the hunt for a striker as he continues to work on keeping the club in Sky Bet League One.

After missing out on transfer deadline day, Sheridan is now more than confident he can secure the services of a loan player before the weekend.

He said: “I said I was 90% last time and I’m around 95/97% now and the three percent there is just a little doubt. 

"I’m hoping to have one player in before the weekend and then another one in on Monday. We’ve made offers to two players and I’m positive and confident that they will be with us. 

"Both will be with us by Tuesday but one will be here Saturday. I’d love to grab hold of them and bring them in and get it done and dusted but it doesn’t work like that. 

"We need one or two to strengthen us up and I’m hoping the two who come in will. I could go out and get two players like that, but can they make us better? 

"I’m sick of agents ringing me up and saying so and so is available. If I don’t think they are the players for us, I won’t bring them in and that’s just the way it works. 

"I’ve got confidence in my team as well. I’ve seen good signs since I’ve been here but I know I need to strengthen and they will be here.”

With the weather taking its toll on the North West, Latics have not played since the impressive win against Shrewsbury Town over two weeks ago.

The pitches are also causing a problem, no more so than with Saturday’s opponents Wigan Athletic who have relaid their pitch ahead of the game. 

“It’s not ideal and we don’t like games getting called off so it is what it is with the weather,” commented Sheridan. 

"We would have liked to have the games on but we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing. The lads need to stay in shape and be fully prepared for Wigan on Saturday. 

"They are struggling like us with the pitches, but I was there a couple of weeks ago when they played Port Vale. They are a good team and they have got good players for the division. 

"It doesn’t matter who they play, they have a strong squad to pick from and I’m expecting a tough game. I prefer to go to Wigan in a lovely stadium and these are the games players should like playing in. 

"We’ve got nothing to lose. We’re going to go there and try and win the game but at the same time, we have a lot of respect for Wigan. They are unbeaten in nine but we’re going there to win the game.”

The break has proved beneficial for players who are nursing injuries but it might be too soon for two of Sheridan’s men.

“Brian Wilson was always going to be out for three or four weeks with a groin injury and I thought Dom [Poleon] could have been back a little sooner but he’s improving all the time,” he admitted. 

"Other than that, everyone is fit and has been training. We’ve worked them hard when we’ve needed to but injury wise we are not too bad.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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