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Sheridan Full Of Praise For His Players After Home Win

21 February 2016

Manager John Sheridan felt his side fully deserved the win over promotion-chasing Gillingham to extend the club’s unbeaten run to four games.

After falling behind in the first half to a wonder strike from Doug Loft, Latics responded well in the second half, turning the game on its head and recorded their first three points at home since August.

Tim Dieng and Jonathan Forte were the goalscorers for Athletic and Sheridan was full of praise for all his players after the game.

He said: "I thought the result was fully deserved. I couldn’t ask for anymore from the players for the way they went about the game. 

"Obviously it was disappointing to go a goal behind against a good team but I didn’t think we deserved to be a goal down. It was a wonder strike and when you analyse it, we were probably a bit naive. 

“It was scrappy after that and I didn’t think there was much between the teams but I think our desire and the way we played on the front foot in the second half put them on the back foot and we created chances. 

“The fitness levels of the players getting up and down the pitch was tremendous so it’s a brilliant result, especially to come from behind to earn three points which is the most important thing. 

"We’re on a good little run now. I’m glad we got the win at home. The supporters got right behind the team and they can see that the players are really fighting to keep us in the division.”

The goal for Dieng was his first competitive goal in English football: “He was flicking the ball into a dangerous area so I’d like to think he meant the goal,” explained Sheridan.

"It was a good ball from Matty [Palmer] and I’m pleased that the players saw the quick free kick opportunity. It was a delicate little finish.”

Forte completed the comeback with 15 minutes of the game remaining, but the gaffer praised the teasing cross into the box which forced the goal.

Sheridan said: “James Wilson put a dangerous ball into the area and it’s hard for defenders to defend it running towards the their own goal. 

“It’s in an area where it is inviting to score and that’s where it ends up, in the back of the net. 

“Our second half performance was really good and we had a couple more opportunities to make it three or four."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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