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The Latics goalless draw at Swindon was another major step to safety from relegation. The point leaves Swindon five points behind the Latics and in deep trouble. Manager John Sheridan said, “I want us to get better and win games and improve. I wasn't happy with the way we played in the first half. But I applaud the players for getting a point. It was a bigger game for Swindon than it was for us. It keeps them the same distance away from us, though a couple of teams scored late on around us. It is really tight in this division. Coventry have won and Charlton scored three goals at Rochdale. They are two big results to get six points and we got a point here too.”
Once again, Connor Ripley kept a clean sheet, his 12th. of the season. He is now looking to beat Les Pogliacomi’s club record of 20 in a season and the boss went on, “Connor made one or two good saves and it's another clean sheet. But I would like us to be a bit more positive going forward. It is picking that right pass, right weight of pass, right cross - where do I want to deliver it? - and people making the right run. We haven't scored again and our problem is lack of goals. I know we will defend as a team.”
Ollie Banks scored the decisive goal at Boundary Park on Tuesday night to further the fight to avoid relegation. The 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic moved the Latics three points clear of the relegation spots and made it five wins out of eight matches since John Sheridan took back the reigns. The manager said, “All I can do is praise my players. They are doing everything required to get out of the position we are in. Anyone who knows me, how I played myself and how the teams I have managed play, knows I want us to pass and move and play from the back. But it is not the right time to do that. The players understand that and are sticking to what I think will get us out of it. We are hard to play against. We don't half put in a shift, every one of them. The subs who came on too, they all know what we are trying to do. If we score first, we are not a bad team for wanting to keep clean sheets and fighting for everything to get to three points."
"Again, that's what we have done. They put us under pressure and Connor Ripley made one or two saves, but we had one or two great chances as well. I'm chuffed to bits the way we went about the game. It's about the three points, that's what we are after. Peter Clarke hit a post when I thought it was in. We know what shape we are playing in and what everyone's job is when going back to defend. They all put bodies on the line when they have to and we are creating chances. I have a strong bench and there are 18 or 19 players who I am comfortable with whoever I play, which is a good sign. I have to keep them all on their toes and as sharp as I can, because I am not frightened to put people in the team - as I showed here and probably will on Saturday. I want them all thinking they have a chance of playing. Whatever decisions I make are purely for the benefit of Oldham. I am only bothered about us picking the points up. We all know what we think the points tally needed will be. If we can gain an advantage on teams in and around us, so be it. Hopefully we go to Swindon with a bit of confidence. We should have.”
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