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Sheridan Looking To Close The Gap At The Bottom

15 February 2016

Manager John Sheridan is looking to close the gap at the bottom as he takes his side to Blackpool tomorrow night.

A win for Latics tomorrow could put them only two points behind Fleetwood Town who occupy 20th position, with Athletic having a game in hand on the Cod Army. 

Sheridan said: “It’s a game where if we win, we gain ground on Blackpool but if they win they can move away from us and make it difficult for us. 

“We can look at games in hand but they are only good if you are winning them. 

"It will be a tough game, they have had some good results apart from the last one they had against Shrewsbury Town but we will go there and hopefully put on a performance like Saturday. 

“If we do that, we’ll have a good chance of winning the game.

"Any team on their day can beat anybody in this league. You wouldn’t look at us and think we were second from bottom and Wigan were third from top on Saturday. 

“Consistency is the magic word. You’ve got to work really hard to get it out of your players, and that’s what I’ve got to do. We are showing that in our performances. 

"I think the last three games have been good for us so we’ve got to keep them standards up. I’m sure results will come our way.”

Defender Anthony Gerrard limped out of Saturday’s game with Wigan Athletic with a knee injury and the manager revealed he is a doubt for tomorrow’s game. 

“He’s still a bit sore,” admitted Sheridan. "He’s going for a scan just to make sure everything is okay and he says he feels better. We will have to see how he is for tomorrow. 

“Everyone else from the game have come out fine. We’ll have a look at Brian Wilson today and Mike Jones will have a go this morning. 

“I’m only looking at the fit players who are playing so I’ve got to put a team out who will get us something."

At the moment, Latics have sold just over 500 tickets for tomorrow’s game with Blackpool, and as it is pay on the day, more supporters are expected to attend.

The gaffer is hoping the fans will continue their excellent support and cheer the lads on tomorrow.

“They were brilliant and different class at Wigan,” he said. “They never shut up throughout the game and our performance gave them belief. 

"They got right behind us, which I knew they would do. It’s been difficult this season but if we show a bit of fight and a bit of spirit, they will be with us all the way, I know that.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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