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Sheridan: “Home Form Is Going To Be Massive.”

9 February 2017

Manager John Sheridan believes the club’s home form could prove key to Oldham Athletic’s survival hopes this season.

After back-to-back away games, Athletic now face bottom side Coventry City and Charlton Athletic in the league looking for maximum points.

And manager Sheridan admits that good home form could be be the key to staying in the division.

He said: "Home form is going to be massive. We’ve just had two games away from home and we could have drawn both games 0-0, but two late goals have come in both. 

"We would have ended up with a point less had we drawn both games so we’re happy to have three and unlucky not to get four. 

“Home games are massive and I expect us to win at home no matter who we are playing. 

"We did excellent against Gillingham and Peterborough so I expect us to be on the front foot and get at them and see how Coventry deal with it.”

Coventry City enter the game on a high after Tuesday’s win against Wycombe Wanderers saw them reach the Checkatrade Trophy final and register their place at Wembley. 

“They are all tough games, Coventry had a good result and they are at Wembley now so they will concentrate on the league,” he commented. 

“They have something to look forward to now and they’ve got a really good experienced manager in the team and he will be putting belief into the players that they can get out of the position that they are in.

“You don’t think Coventry City should be bottom of the league anyway, they have got some good players but they are not winning games for some reason so we’ve just got to try and effect the game and try to take a result.”

With fixtures coming thick and fast, training has become less and less, as the manager explained: “I think when you play Saturday, Tuesday you do train less. 

“The games are very intense now and we had 10 men for half a game on Saturday as well so I think training takes care of itself. 

"I more or less know what my team is going to be. One or two of my players need to work a bit harder and get a bit more sharpness in their game because I might not play the same team as I did on Saturday.

“We are at home and I think I said the same thing last year, I look at players who are going to be more effective at home than they will be away so I won’t be frightened of making changes, and there possibly will be one or two changes so I’ve got to look at us to win the game on Saturday.”

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