PLENTY TO KEEP LATICS BOSS UPBEAT
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