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Sheridan Happy With Girona FC Display

28 July 2017

Manager John Sheridan felt his side competed well against La Liga side Girona FC.

The Spanish side ran out 1-2 winners at SportsDirect.com Park but the manager was happy with the way his side conducted themselves.

He said: “It was a tough game for us which I’m pleased about. We played against a very technical team but I thought it was a good test for us.

“They moved us around and the first 20 minutes they got the goals but then we sorted ourselves out and got into the game.

“I’m not too bothered about the result, we aren’t going to play against too many teams who pass the ball around like they do.

“It’s only pre-season, it’s about getting rid of your mistakes and building fitness.

“I thought we could have defended better for the goals but I thought we plugged away and had one or two openings ourselves.

“I’m pleased we scored one at the end but I knew it would be a tough game for us and that’s what I knew it would be like.”

Courtney Duffus scored Athletic’s only goal of the game in the final minute from the penalty spot to make it two goals in two games for the youngster.

“It’s about scoring goals and I just want my strikers to think about scoring goals,” commented Sheridan.

“Whoever it may be up there, I want them to be high up the pitch and think goals. There is nothing wrong with scoring penalties, you’ve still got to put it in the back of the net.

“He had a good chance as well with a snapshot where he was unlucky but we kept going.”

Whilst the result did not go Latics’ way, the manager admitted it’s all about being ready for the start of the season.

“We will be a lot stronger and organised for the Oxford game,” he said. “We got a good fitness test tonight but we will be stronger.

“I played two different teams tonight and two different formations. I don’t know if we’ll play 3-5-2 this season but I thought I would just put players in there and see what happens.

“We have a couple of players injured and I’m hoping we have a couple more players in place before Oxford so I hope we will be stronger.”


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