Sheridan musn't know where to turn

Last updated : 27 October 2007 By Dave Moore
Manager John Sheridan musn't know where to turn after his side put in another lack-lustre performance at home to Northampton Town. The Cobblers were without an away win this season and Athletic had beaten them in their last six meetings but the bogey side theory went right out of the window. The Latics have now gone down by a 0-1 score in four home games this term.

Sheridan told Latics World, "I'm repeating myself, but the game should have been over at half time, or at least been a lot easier. It's funny, because I could read the script. We go in well on top, the goalkeeper's had nothing to do and Craig Davies and Michael Ricketts (pictured) should have both scored. But by going in at 0-0 the other team get a bit of relief, a rollicking from their manager and come at us in the second half, then we start doing silly things and play a different game. I told the players where we would hurt them, but whether they take it on board or not I don't know. I don't think some people are listening, and if they're not they will find themselves out of the team."

"It's a great strike from the lad and you can't take that away from him, but I'd said at half time I was disappointed we weren't at least a goal up. We should raise our game another 10%, after all we're the home team, and we should be taking the game to them and playing it simple. I go on at them about keeping things simple. We make everything look so difficult. At the end of the day I'll keep on going and going, and I don't mind criticism. I expect people to be upset, and I'm upset because we had a good season last year and I want to do better this year. But we're not and don't look like doing so, so I need to sort it out and that's down to me. I will take any criticism whatsoever."

"For some reason we go to the long ball tactic and hoof balls in there instead of working hard to get Chris Taylor taking people on, to get the ball to Andy Liddell and to get crosses into the box. We just start hoofing it, and no-one's telling the players to do that. We didn't create too much in the second half because we don't react and don't pick off anything that comes out. We need to sort it out, and some players are in their own little world and I will be sorting that out. I've told people in the dressing room that I can only talk so much. If they haven't got the balls then I can't give them that. I need them to show a little bit. If they haven't got them then they need to get them, because I want to have players in the team who have the nous to get on the ball and get things done. I will turn this around."