2-1 win over Rotherham was a remarkable continuation of Athletics turn around

Last updated : 28 September 2006 By Dave Moore
The 2-1 win over Rotherham was a remarkable continuation of Athletics turn around in fortunes of late. Their recent undefeated run of five games has seen them rise from a bottom four place to 7th. in the table and to come within only one point off a play-off spot.

It was a very delighted John Sheridan who after the game commented to the official website, "Warney's goal was very pleasing. It was justice. I would have been very unhappy if we didn't score. I can't believe the ref. didn't play on when Rocky (Craig Rocastle) was brought down as Andy Liddell probably would've scored. It worked out well for us in the end though. The referee was just blowing for everything, for both sides. It was stop-start all the time. However, I'm pleased we scored from two set-pieces, and I'm also pleased for Stam and Warney, particularly Paul given his connections with Rotherham."

"The standard of delivery from Andy Liddell was high tonight. He can deliver well from a dead ball when he wants to but Andy himself will admit it hasn't always been like that. We played good football, as did Rotherham, and it was two footballing sides playing an entertaining game. Taylor and Rocastle did very well. Marc Tierney's been ill all week so I put Chris in at left-back and he did a good job. Rocky did well on the left and did a good job for the team. I'm happy with the team's performance in the last four or five games. We're playing with confidence and the lads' work rate has been different class, to be fair. They've been working hard on the training ground and we're now seeing the results of that on the pitch."

Sheridan's counterpart, Rotherham boss Alan Knill, was in despondent mood and was quick to criticise his team's defending. He said, "We conceded both goals from set play and that's just not good enough. We'll just have to keep working and do better. Take out the set pieces though, and there was little between the sides. However, the stats don't lie and you have to be mentally strong when defending dead balls, otherwise you undo good work in other areas of the pitch. People were talking about what a good side we were after the last couple of games and maybe we have been busy patting ourselves on the back. This is a reality check, and it brings everyone back down to earth."