Sheri­dan is buzzing for Blades face-off

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

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.”


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