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Sheridan: “The Character Of The Team Is Great.”

3 March 2017

Manager John Sheridan has praised the character of his players ahead of this weekend’s game against Walsall.

The manager has enjoyed a successful February, picking up 14 points from a possible 21 available. 

That included four wins last month, two coming in the final minute against Chesterfield and Northampton Town.

The manager has instilled a belief into his players that they are going to pick up points in every game and he praised their character since his arrival. 

He said: "All I can do is do the best I can. If we are winning games, then you get the plaudits and if you’re losing games you get the blame so it’s vice versa. 

"The character of the team is great. If you look at last week, Connor has saved two penalties, and then we score in the last minute the other night. The performances are what I’m bothered about. 

“I thought we played really well against Millwall and we deserved something out of the game and I thought we played well on Tuesday and we won the game. 

“We could have ended up with one point from two games but we have got four obviously so that’s character to the players. 

“There is nothing as a manager that I can do other than tell them to keep going until the final whistle. 

"We know the importance of trying to win the game. If we are drawing 1-1 five minutes before the end of the game, I’m always going to go for the winner because of where we are. 

“Connor’s two penalty saves rubs off on the whole team because we have this belief that we are a hard nut to crack and we have a good chance of winning games, so if you go out with that belief then it gives you a chance straight away.”

Whilst goalkeeper Connor Ripley and captain Peter Clarke take a lot of the credit for recent weeks, the manager was keen to stress the importance of the team. 

“Some players go unnoticed in the team,” Sheridan explained. "Paul Green is one of them, believe me. I’ve played the game a long time and he does a lot of good things in the game. 

“He is not going to nutmeg someone and bend one in the top corner but I tell you what, he knows what his job is about. I’ve been well chuffed with him, likewise with other players. 

“Ryan McLaughlin has been outstanding wherever he plays, young Aiden is only 18 and played so many games. 

“It will eventually catch up with him, and it did on Tuesday night in the second half, but for an 18 year old to hit the ground running and come into a tough division, it will do him the world of good. 

“We are a team, I’m going to applaud the team for their efforts."

Sheridan takes his side to Walsall on Saturday and the manager is heading into the game full of confidence. 

“It’s a game we go into thinking we are going to win,” he admitted. “That’s the mentality of us at the moment, we go there thinking we are going to win the game. 

“They are a good footballing side, I like their manager and they are a bit like Swindon where if you allow them to dictate possession then they are one of the best footballing sides in the division so I expect a tough game. 

“The form we are in, then we go there with the belief that we can get something from the game. 

“I’m sure we will take a few supporters there who will be vocal and we know the importance of getting a result."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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