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Sheridan Looking For Consistency

14 September 2017

John Sheridan is looking to kick on from his side's first win of the season when Oldham Athletic take on Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Oldham Athletic picked up four points in their last two games away at both Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers.

Sheridan's men recorded their first win of the season on Tuesday night against Bristol Rovers thanks to Eoin Doyle's 88th minute header.

This weekend, league leaders Shrewsbury Town are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park and the Latics boss wants to continue picking up points.

"It’s pleasing to get points from games, I’m chuffed to bits for the players to get that monkey off their back of not winning a game so we’ve just got to continue it now and hopefully go on a little run." Sheridan said.

"If we show of late what we can do we’ve got a good chance of picking points up.

"I’m always going on about consistency, we’ve just got to try to keep doing what we’ve been doing of late and see where it takes us.

"As I team I thought we played well [against Bristol Rovers] and at Fleetwood we played well. The strikers are working their socks off up front, but you don’t win as individuals you win as a team.

"If you’ve got eight or nine players performing to a decent standard you’ll win games in this division."

Latics are still to keep a clean sheet this season, but the manager is confident the defensive record will improve.

"I analyse our goals and show the players, we’ve always got plenty of numbers in the box when we’re conceding, plenty of people behind the ball and it’s just them decisions and reactions." Sheridan said.

"If you do them little things you can prevent goals and I’ve shown the players, they understand where I’m coming from.

"We are conceding too many goals but it’s not for the lack of having people behind the ball it’s just making those split, quick decisions.

"If you’re going to try and score goals, we look as though we’ve got goals in us at this moment in time, sometimes you make yourself a little bit open but we need to stop conceding the goals we’re conceding."

This weekend's opponents are currently top of the League One table having won six and drawn one.

"Everyone can beat everyone in this league, Shrewsbury [Town] are probably proving that at this moment. Their manager is doing a brilliant job so full credit to him and his players." The manager said.

"They’re playing with a lot of confidence and winning games. When you’ve got a team that are winning games some times you go out there on the pitch before you’ve kicked a ball thinking you’re going to win so that’s probably where they’re at at the moment and I respect them for that.

"He’ll know we’re a team near the bottom of the league but he’ll know that we’re a good team. If he’s watched us of late he’ll think they’re in for a really tough game.

"If we show what we’ve shown of late we can compete with anyone in the division."

Oldham Athletic take on Shrewsbury Town and SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday, September 16, 3pm kick off.


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