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Sheridan: "Fine Margins Were The Difference"

John Sheridan believes defeat to Oxford United was down to the "fine margins."

6 August 2017

Oldham Athletic manager, John Sheridan believes defeat to Oxford United on the opening day of the season was down to the game's "fine margins."

"Result wise it’s hard to take because you’re at home in the first game of the season and you want to get off to a good start but I actually don’t think there was a lot between the two teams." Said Sheridan.

"I just think the fine little margins and the two goals are what’s cost us the game.

"I’m not too disappointed with the performance, saying that though I don’t think there was a lot of craft or nouse in the final third or high up the pitch, it’s just being clever and I just think that’s what the difference was.

"I was disappointed with the first goal because we’ve got four marking one at the back and it’s just making decisions on the pitch when the game’s going on, a manager or a coach can’t really make them decisions for a [player].

"I think the performance wasn’t too bad but again we haven’t scored, we haven’t worked the keeper too much.

"I think they were just a little bit, higher up the pitch better on the ball than us and I think Ben [Wilson] has made a couple of good saves second half but it’s just fine little margins, unfortunately they took them and we didn’t.

"I don’t think we deserved to lose the game but we have and they were just cuter than us in and around the penalty box, just a little bit more intelligent and that’s probably our downfall.

"I can’t fault the effort of the players, it was the first game of the season, I would have loved to get off to a winning start, we haven’t but I can take things from the game that will stand us in good stead for a long season."

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Next up Oldham Athletic will host Championship side Burton Albion in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, August 9 (7.45pm kick off).

All admission will be via payment at the turnstiles on the night.

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