Sheri­dan’s back with a bang at the Lat­ics

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

JOHN Sheri­dan hailed his side’s fight­ing qual­i­ties as the bat­tle of the new man­agers went his and Old­ham’s way.

Josh Law’s 39thminute free-kick was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides in a tight and tense con­test at Bound­ary Park.

Only in charge for a day at the club he left for Notts County seven months ago, Sheri­dan’s re­turn was hailed by re­lieved home fans at the fi­nal whis­tle fol­low­ing a first vic­tory in 12 league out­ings.

“The re­sult was the most im­por­tant thing and the three points,” said Sheri­dan, now in his fifth spell as Old­ham boss in­clud­ing two as care­taker.

“Credit to the play­ers. It is al­ways dif­fi­cult when you are down at the bot­tom and haven’t won or scored for a long time.

“I only came in on Fri­day, so they will get used to me and how I want to play.

“There was a lot of en­deav­our and de­sire to get over the line.

“Peo­ple were telling me Josh Law has that in his locker and he strikes a lovely ball. It is very im­por­tant to have that in your team.

“We will have three or four play­ers in next week to make us stronger.”

Law shaped his de­ci­sive free-kick over the Gilling­ham wall from just out­side the area, beat­ing Stuart Nel­son’s dive to his left. Old­ham goal­keeper Con­nor Ri­p­ley had to be alert to keep out an over­head kick from Gills skipper Max Eh­mer, af­ter Ryan Jack­son’s long throw had caused con­fu­sion in the home box two min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

Lee Er­win forced Nel­son into an­other save just be­fore the hour mark, and soon af­ter Law’s rasp­ing free-kick from 30 yards forced the goal­keeper to tip the ball over.

Gilling­ham pressed and came clos­est to lev­el­ling with a Bradley Dack free-kick, which drifted just wide from 30 yards out, while Law struck the top of the bar in added time.

“The first half was not good enough,” said new Gills man­ager Ady Pennock. “It was un­be­liev­ably poor. The sec­ond half was better, but it couldn’t have been any worse.

“It was like Old­ham had men on the pitch and we didn’t. This is a dif­fi­cult place to come and you have to roll your sleeves up.

“We have to work hard, with 20 games to go and hope­fully this won’t hap­pen again be­cause we have tough matches com­ing up.

“We did make a cou­ple of chances in the first half and their goal­keeper made one or two good saves. But we have got to cre­ate more from open play. I am not go­ing to hide away from it be­cause I’m a sup­porter here as well.”


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