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Sheridan: "It Is A Massive Win For Us."

1 March 2017

Manager John Sheridan praised his team following last night's 1-2 victory over Northampton Town.

Tope Obadeyi put Athletic ahead midway through the first half before John Joe-O'Toole equalised five minutes before time.

Latics did, however, push for a winner and Lee Erwin fired into the corner from the edge of the box to send the 197 Oldham Athletic supporters home happy.

Speaking after the game, Sheridan said: "It is a massive win for us and it's against a team that is just above us so it gets us closer to them.

"I've just looked at other results but we know we just have to look after ourselves. If we just keep winning, keep picking points up then we will be okay and that's my main objective.

"I thought we played really well tonight. They had one or two half chances in the first 10 minutes but once we got in the game I thought we passed it and we got the goal.

"I was disappointed with our final ball because I thought we were catching them at times. I'm watching a good team, I think we have a good team and we have a tremendous work ethic.

"I know I will get 120% from every one of them every game but I'd like us to control the game a little bit more.

"I would have been disappointed to come away with a draw because when we get ahead we are usual a good team but it's just them little things on a lovely pitch which I felt we could have controlled the game a bit more.

"I thought Banksy was tremendous in midfield. I keep getting told that strikers don't score the goals and both strikers have.

"I'm chuffed to bits Lee Erwin has scored. He probably didn't think I was going to put him on, but I have and I'm trying to keep everyone on their toes.

"I've put one or two in the squad tonight who probably didn't think they would start tonight so it's about the 22/23 players thinking they have a chance of playing.

"I'm well chuffed for them why we are winning games. They go out on the pitch and it's a tremendous team effort."

The win closed the gap on the opposition to one point and Latics now sit three points off 15th position, which is a tremendous turnaround since the arrival of the manager.

"We've brought one or two teams closer to us now," he commented.

"Before there was about seven or eight teams involved in it but now there might be around 10 teams in it so we just keep going and look out for ourselves.

"I'm not bothered about anybody else, I'm just looking after us and if we keep winning, we will be fine."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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