Sheridan is buzzing for Blades face-off
A FAILURE to see out a second straight win left John Sheridan frustrated at his Oldham Athletic players, but the Latics boss said he cannot wait for them to take on league leaders Sheffield United next weekend.
Sheridan felt his relegation-threatened side should have held on after Lee Erwin’s stunning first-half opener – his third goal in two games – but Peterborough substitute Junior Morias headed in a deserved equaliser for the hosts.
Despite now having lost just one game in nine, Sheridan felt a 1-1 draw was a missed chance to pull away from the bottom four.
“We could have won it,” he said. “We should have seen the game out a little bit better.
“Usually when we score we have gone on to win the game. I’m just disappointed – there were too many little misplaced passes and we were not taking care of the ball.
“It feels as though too many players were doing the wrong thing, but I think a draw was a fair result.
“Sheffield United [next Saturday] is a great game for us, I’m really looking forward to it. I think the atmosphere will be tremendous. Three of our next four are at home and they are all against teams going for promotion.”
Oldham took an early lead when Erwin hit a fine first-time volley past goalkeeper Mark Tyler after a lofted pass from Oliver Banks.
Peterborough, who had a Michael Smith shot was saved by the legs of Connor Ripley, equalised when Morias headed in Marcus Maddison’s left-wing cross.
Morias should have scored again but he shot wide with just Ripley to beat, while the visitors nearly snatched it but Temitope Obadeyi fired over before having a shot blocked by Posh defender Jack Baldwin.
It is now no win in five for mid-table Peterborough and manager Grant McCann said: “We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We can work on defending in training all the time, but it comes down to people rolling up their sleeves when they step onto the pitch.
“I felt as if a few players were going through the motions in the first half and I had to get stuck into some of them at half-time.
“We responded well and managed to get ourselves level, but we are far better than we showed.
“We didn’t want to come away from games against Chesterfield and Oldham with just two points, but that’s the way it has turned out.”
STAR MAN ANTHONY GRANT Peterborough