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Sheridan: “We Will Fight To Stay In This Division.”

25 January 2016

Manager John Sheridan believes he can draw on previous experiences to get the club out of the relegation zone and away from danger.

The manager already has experience with other clubs guiding them to safety despite their lowly league position.

At Plymouth Argyle, Sheridan won eight and drawn four of his final 19 games to lift them to League Two survival, whilst earlier this season, he guided Newport County away from the relegation spots despite them propping up the division.

He said: “We all want the same thing. We all want to win and enjoy our weekend or whatever we do because we want the points and we want to stay in this division. 

"All I can say is that we will fight. You are looking at nine or ten games to win and we have 20 games remaining. It’s not impossible. I remember the first time I was here with Andy Ritchie. 

"We had to win four out of the last five but we did it and there is still time. It’s going to be difficult but I’m a big believer that we can do it.”

Tomorrow’s game against Shrewsbury Town is an important one as they occupy 20th position, one place outside the relegation zone.

“Shrewsbury are a team who are in and around us,” commented Sheridan. “If they win the game they get a bigger advantage over us but we’ve got to win nine or ten games. 

"If we lose, it’s not all over, but it won’t help the cause. If we win, it will be a big step to get them nine or ten wins because we have to start winning quickly. 

"It will be a tough game as they had a great win over Burton Albion the other day but we go there and I’m going to put a team out who I feel will win the game. We’re going to go there and have a proper go.”

The transfer window shuts on February 1 and the manager provided an update as to how close he is to bringing in his targets.

“I know I need three players,” he admitted. “It’s not a case of me going out and panicking but I know we need them urgently. 

“I’ve been working non-stop to try and get them in but we need to make sure they are a bit different to what we’ve already got. 

“We need a striker who is going to be competing up there, someone who is a real handful because the deliveries on Saturday were top drawer. 

"When it’s that quality coming in, we need to take advantage of it. If you have to get hurt, get hurt. Whoever comes in has to hit the ground running because we are after victories.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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