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Sheridan Delighted With Palmer Debut

24 January 2016

Manager John Sheridan heaped praise on Burton Albion loanee Matt Palmer after a man of the match debut yesterday and made no secret of his desire to add further players to his squad.

Palmer was the stand out performer for Latics during yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat to Bury.

Whilst looking confident on the ball, he had a keen eye for goal, testing the goalkeeper in the first half from 25 yards.

Speaking after the game, Sheridan said: "I thought Matty was excellent. He made the game simple, just by controlling the ball and passing it simple and good players do that.

"He’s an intelligent footballer and he just passes it simply. He’s not someone who is going to win you tackles and headers but he keeps the ball moving and we need to try and do that to create chances.”

The arrival of Palmer on Friday was a welcome one and the gaffer has identified the positions he is wanting to strengthen ahead of the transfer window shutting at 11pm on February 1. 

“Everyone knows I’m trying to bring players in,” he admitted. “I’m after a left sided centre half and I’m after a striker. 

“I’m trying to negotiate, I’m talking to people and I’m trying to bring them two players in and we need them quickly."

Discussing the game itself, the manager could not fault the effort of his players but was very disappointed to concede the goal.

“I think we were the better team but I’m sure that’s been said before,” commented Sheridan. "I can’t fault how we went about the game because we tried to get something from it. 

"I think their goalkeeper has a lot more than what ours has had to do and I would have liked to work him a little bit more. I’ll have to look at the goal but it’s a diabolical goal to concede. 

"They have two decent strikers up front and they are a handful but I thought we battled and dealt with it well. I can’t fault the way we went about things. 

"We huffed and puffed and tried to get something from the game. Jones put some great deliveries into the box and we need to do better with that and they are the chances we’ve got to take.” 

He continued: “I’ve just told them in the dressing room that they have got to keep their heads up and I think that performance will win games. 

"I’m not here to tell people they are doing things wrong, I’m here to keep us together and fight our way out of this.

"I feel sorry for the supporters because I’m sure it’s happened on a number of occasions this season. The goal comes out of nothing and then you’re on a downer. 

“Sometimes we made the wrong decisions at times but luckily we have a game on Tuesday against a team who are close to us in the league so we need to bounce back.” 

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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