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Sheridan: “We Deserved It”

24 February 2016

Manager John Sheridan believed his side fully deserved the three points last night against Peterborough United, extending the club’s unbeaten run to five games.

Burnley loanee Cameron Dummigan registered his first professional league goal two minutes into the game as he cooly slotted past the goalkeeper from 18 yards.

Latics were pegged back five minutes before the break after Couilbaly capitalised on an error by goalkeeper Joel Coleman.

However, Athletic really took the game to Posh in the second half and managed to get the winning goal from the penalty spot as Matt Palmer was brought down in the box.

Captain Liam Kelly stepped up to seal the win and record back-to-back wins for the first time this season and extend the club’s unbeaten run to five games.

Sheridan said: "We’ve just got to keep winning. If we keep doing that, we’ll find a way out of the position we are in at the moment. It’s a good feeling and we are winning games at the moment so long may it continue. 

"I think we deserved the game overall. It’s a tough place to come and they have some good player and play good football but I was disappointed to go in 1-1 at half time. 

"They had a couple of shots but we started the game so well. It was a great goal from Cammy and I was quite pleased with the way we were playing. 

"I knew they would have possession of the ball because that’s the way they play. But, as I say, I was disappointed to go in level at the break. 

"Joel is a young lad and I have belief in him and sometimes when you make mistakes, it makes you stronger. I’ve told him the most important thing he does now is not to beat himself up about it and make sure I don’t see him beat himself up about it. 

"He will learn and it will make him stronger. That is part and parcel of football and it’s quite harsh sometimes. 

"As a team, though, we came out second half and I thought we dominated. They had possession but our fitness levels again were really strong.”

The manager changed tactics on the hour mark and it had a positive impact on the team: “I thought once we went to 4-3-3 we were really bright,” he admitted. 

"I wanted to win the game so I thought I’d just put the pace of Forte on. I rested him today because he’s played a lot of games since coming back from injury so it was just a rest. 

"It’s not just about the 11, it’s about the 13 players. Jake Cassidy came on and put a shift in for the team, and he hasn’t been featuring so it’s about us as a group, not individuals.”

183 supporters travelled down to Peterborough for last night’s encounter and the manager was full of praise for them.

“I’m chuffed to bits for the supporters tonight to come along way down here,” said Sheridan. 

“They have been right behind the teams since I’ve come back and they are having a good time at the moment because we are winning football matches so I’m delighted for them. 

"I knew if we got a result tonight we will take a lot to Scunthorpe. It will be a good game against a good team but we go there to win the game.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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