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Sheridan Excited To Return To Home Dugout In Local Derby Clash

21 January 2016

Manager John Sheridan is excited to make his return to the SportsDirect.com Park dugouts this weekend for the local derby clash with Bury.

It’s been seven years since Sheridan last took his place in the home dugouts and he will make his return against the Shakers.

The 51-year-old has had a full week to prepare his side for local rivals Bury and he was also present at their FA Cup third round victory over Bradford City in midweek.

Whilst they played 120 minutes of football, they managed to get result despite playing the majority of the game with 10 men and Sheridan does not believe that will have any influence on Saturday’s game.

He said: “They will be chuffed to bits that they have played the majority of the game with 10 men and got the win. 

"I saw the game and they rode their luck at times. Bradford got in good positions to score goals but Bury put a shift in and they got a good result so whatever they throw at us, I don’t think the extra time will make a difference. 

"It’s going to be a derby game, frantic and a good atmosphere. They will want to win it as much as we do.

“The honeymoon is over now because I’ve had one game. Obviously it’s nice to come back and I’m looking forward to the game, it’s a good game for us and a derby encounter. 

"There is bragging rights available for the supporters and when you look at the home form, it’s important we try and win. The home supporters have not had much to shout about recently and we’ve not won as many games at home as we should. 

"That’s probably why we are in the position we are. Our home form now is going to be massive. We are going to have to take the game to our opponents because it is important we get the three points and that’s what we are going to do. 

“Bury are a good team and David Flitcroft has done a good job there so I’m expecting a tough game.”

The manager has been working tirelessly to bring players into the football club but will not be rushed into signings.

“I’ve been working my socks off to get players in,” he admitted. “I feel as though I need to get the right player in and we need to be more balanced. 

"I can get players in, there is no danger. I could have had three or four players in today but I want to make sure they are the right ones for the way we want to play and what we are trying to do by staying in the division. 

"I’m not going to bring players in for the sake of bringing them in, I’ve learnt from that. I understand there isn’t much time but whether it happens before Saturday, I am hopeful. 

“I was hopeful I would have one here today and I’m waiting for a phone call for another so it’s not for the lack of trying but it’s important they are the right players for us.

“I’m looking for a centre half, a midfielder and a striker so I feel we need to get them areas and make them stronger.”

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