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Sheridan Eyeing Victory Over Former Side

3 February 2017

Manager John Sheridan wants his side to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat against Bradford City and knows a win against Chesterfield will push his side further to safety.

Sheridan, who will come up against his former side on Saturday, knows it will be a tough game against the Spireites but will be going all out for the win.

He said: "It’s a similar game to Shrewsbury. They are at home and can gain an advantage over us if they get the win they are after so they are in a very similar position. 

“The thought process for them is probably the same as us, we are trying to win the game and stay in the pack. 

“They will look at the game, they are at home and it’s a good opportunity of winning the game but we will go there with six points from a possible 12. 

“We would have liked more but if you look at it, that form will keep you in the league, well I think it will anyway. 

"After losing Saturday, we want to bounce back and get three points. If not then make sure we don’t lose the game. 

“I know the importance of the game and I’m sure we will take a few fans there as well.”

Sheridan managed to strengthen his squad on deadline day with the additions of three attack-minded players.

“Chris Taylor and Tope Obadeyi have pace and are a threat going forward and Aiden O’Neill is hopefully someone who is going to take care of the ball for us,” he explained. 

“They are all players who are forward thinking rather than defensively because we need to create opportunities and score goals to win games. 

"Chris knows the place well and Tope knows me. He can be a really good player on his day. He’s at an age now where he needs to kick start his career. 

"In my eyes he should have kicked on with what he has in his game and should be playing a lot higher. Aiden is a young player who has a massive belief in himself, which I love. 

“Burnley think really high of him and we are chuffed to bits to get him. 

“He has an older head and hopefully he is going to help us in midfield to keep possession of the ball because that is something we have missed. 

“We can have the workmanlike performance but we just need that head in there that is going to control the game.”

Athletic are expected to take a healthy following to the Proact Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

“Fans have got behind me since I’ve come back,” said Sheridan. 

“They appreciate that the players are trying their socks off and they appreciate that we are trying to get things out of games but we are not always going to win games. 

“We will have a decent crowd on Saturday and if we can just get a few wins quickly then it gives us some belief, and the supporters who have suffered over the season."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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