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Sheridan Disappointed With Checkatrade Trophy Start

30 August 2017

Manager John Sheridan was disappointed with last night’s Checkatrade Trophy draw with League Two side Port Vale.

The Valiants earned the extra bonus point by winning the penalty shootout but Sheridan was frustrated not to win the game.

He said: “I don’t think we played too badly but goals win you games. I don’t think we have worked the goalkeeper again but football wise we didn’t play too bad.

“No disrespect to Port Vale but they are in the league below us and I expect us to win the game but we’ve not.

“Even the penalty shootout I expected us to win but it wasn’t to be. I think the performance was better, we did try to pass it and I thought Jack Byrne came in and did really well.

“There is a lack of confidence and we need to get that from somewhere, and I thought it would be tonight. I like winning, whatever competition it is in, but again, we have scored no goals.

“I think there are people even refusing to have a shot at times. There is an easier chance and then we create a harder chance if that makes sense. There were a couple of situations where I thought there was an easier option but you’ve just made it difficult there to score a goal.

“We are lacking a cutting edge but the plus was a clean sheet.”

One positive from last night’s performance was the debut of Wigan loanee Jack Byrne.

“I thought he was excellent on the ball,” admitted Sheridan. “It was his first game and he hasn’t trained too much with us and he was cramping up but he wanted to stay on.

“You can see what he’s got and I thought he did well for his first game.”


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