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Sheridan 'Gutted For Brilliant Fans'

27 August 2017

Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan is frustrated with the way his side started yesterday’s match against Blackpool and is 'gutted' for the travelling fans.

Latics conceded two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match, which was enough for the hosts to take all three points despite a spirited Oldham performance in the second half.

“Again in the first half we gave ourselves an uphill battle, I seem to be saying the same things every week, you just can’t go into a game like we did and give the opposition the advantage like we did, no matter who you’re playing.” Said Sheridan.

“[The first goal] is a great strike [from Longstaff] but I think we should be doing better closing the ball down in middle of the park, then we’ve had a great opportunity to get the equaliser which again we haven’t hit the target.

“The second goal is all about making decisions and what decisions. Obviously you want to make the right ones when you’re on the pitch, unfortunately we are making the wrong decisions at the wrong time and we’re getting punished for it.

“I’m very disappointed and gutted for the supporters who were brilliant again, we can’t be going into games and fighting an uphill battle all the time.

“I want to talk about the positives of the second half, why didn’t we play like that in the first half?

“It takes two young kids to come on the pitch to give us that lift and that bit of endeavour and bit of enthusiasm to get us further up the pitch.

“We’re all involved together, we need to do better and we need to get better results.

“We’ve all got to look at ourselves, there’s no way I’m going to lie down, I’m going to face it full on and I’m going to make sure I get it right.”

Only three players were named on the bench for yesterday’s game, Sheridan explained why: “We’ve got nine injuries, I’m not going to go on about players and I’m not one to make excuses, I had 11 players out on the pitch in the first half and that’s all you need isn’t it?

“It doesn’t look right with three people on the bench, one keeper, but I’ve just got to get on with it and that’s what I’ll do, I won’t make excuses.”

Latics are next in action on Tuesday, August 29 against Port Vale in the Checkatrade Trophy at SportsDirect.com Park, 7:30pm kick off.


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