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Sheridan Speaks Honestly Following Carabao Cup Exit

10 August 2017

Manager John Sheridan spoke honestly following last night’s Carabao Cup defeat against Burton Albion.

The manager was disappointed with a number of elements during last night’s game.

He said: “It is tough to take because we have lost.

“I wanted to win and get through but I was really disappointed with the way we started the game.

“I was an angry man at half time but I did think we got back into it at the end of the first half and had a couple of chances.

“We possibly should have gone ahead but Aaron hit the post with a header but it was an excellent save.

“We started the game really slow and I was getting angrier and angrier. It was a lovely night, lovely pitch and some of us didn’t look like they wanted to be out there but we raised our game and we got back in the game.

“I had a few things to say to them at half time and then their first goal is a bit comical isn’t it. We were playing a Championship side and just gave them the advantage but the good thing was we responded really well.

“We got back in the game and took the lead but we can’t give goals away like we do. We have showed some good signs but you don’t want to do it in patches, you need to do it for longer periods in the game.

“We played a Championship side and competed well but we just need a little bit of luck. We need to get a win as quick as we can just to get the confidence back but I was disappointed to go out.”

Burton won the game in the final five minutes due to a contentious penalty decision.

“I don’t know if it was in the box but I thought it was a very soft penalty,” admitted Sheridan.

“Ryan said he got a touch on the ball but I couldn’t really see from where I was. I think Ryan should be reacting quicker but I don’t know if it was a penalty.”

Whilst Sheridan has been retired for a while now, he still wishes he could roll back the years and lace his boots once again.

“I’ve got this thing about me at the moment. I’m looking at it and I’m gutted that I can’t play anymore,” he said.

“I’ve not played for 12 years and I just think that the players are so lucky to be out there. I don’t like it when players think they can get away with playing at 60/70%.

“You need to enjoy playing football and it drives me potty. I saw that in the first 25 minutes, I just want to be out there.

“You are so lucky to be playing and your enthusiasm should be at 120%, not 60/70. It should never be like that and that is what grinds at me more than anything.

“I can accept getting beat but I expect players out there to give 120% because you’ve got a better chance of winning if you do.”


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