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Sheridan: “It Was A Massive Result”

16 April 2017

Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan has praised his players following the win over Bolton Wanderers.

The result puts Sheridan’s men six points above the relegation zone with three games left to play. 

After the game, the gaffer spoke to Latics PlayerHD and said: “I’m chuffed to bits, tremendous effort from the players.

“I’m proud of the way the team went about the game. I don’t think we played great but we don’t half dig in, against a good team as well. 

“We’ve got players that put a right shift in for each other.

“It was a massive result for us, it gives us an advantage over the teams in and around us and we knew the importance of that going into the game.

“I’m chuffed for the supporters, it gives us a bit of leeway, I’m not counting my chickens but it’s a big plus for me to win the game.”

Lee Erwin was in the right place to smash home the ball across the line for the only goal in the game.

The forward has now scored 6 goals in 8 games. The manager believes he’ll get plenty more: “I can see goals in him.”

“He’s got that freedom of just being up there playing as a striker, I’ve give him that freedom and he's done well and since he's got back in with the team he’s done really well.”

Before the game, defender Anthony Gerrard was forced to miss out after picking up a minor injury in the warm up. 

Sheridan explains the decision to leave him out: “It’s just a slight twinge in his hamstring.”

“I think he wanted to go back out but I just said to him ‘if you can feel it, I wouldn’t go back out.’ 

“We’ve still got games to go we don’t want to force it so we made that decision and luckily everything’s worked out and hopefully he’ll have a better chance for Monday or possibly Saturday.”

Jamie Stott who was recalled from his loan spell at Curzon Ashton replaced Gerrard, along side Peter Clarke and Brian Wilson. 

It was the youngsters debut for the club in the league, Sheridan praised his performance. 

“I just said to him ‘go and enjoy yourself’ and it was a good debut for him.

“I thought he’d done well, settled in, he’s got to do things quicker, he’s got to see things quicker, he’s playing against better players but he’s got a good left foot.

“He gives us that balance and he knows that I believe in him, I threw him in today and he didn’t let himself down at all.” 

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