The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Bennett

JOHN Sheri­dan in­sists Old­ham still have what it takes to thrive in the divi­sion and wants his side to back it up with points.

An un­der­whelm­ing start to the cam­paign saw the Latics pick up just one point from their first six league games, be­fore fi­nally earn­ing a win against Bris­tol Rovers on Tues­day in a five-goal thriller.

Yet they were still in the rel­e­ga­tion zone be­fore yes­ter­day’s game with top-of-the-ta­ble Shrews­bury, and Sheri­dan knows they have a lot of work to do be­fore they can con­vince the doubters.

“If we show what we can do, then we’ve got a good chance of pick­ing points up,” he said.

“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 a team, I thought we played well (against Bris­tol Rovers) and at Fleet­wood (where they drew 2-2).

“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.”

Old­ham failed to keep a sin­gle clean sheet in their first seven games, but Sheri­dan is re­laxed and be­lieves that, with some im­proved de­ci­sion-mak­ing, they can quickly become dif­fi­cult to break down.

“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 the de­ci­sions and re­ac­tions,” he added.

“If you do those lit­tle things you can pre­vent goals and the play­ers 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-se­cond, quick de­ci­sions.”

POS­I­TIVE: John Sheri­dan

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