Sheridan spoke very highly of Kettering Town

Last updated : 12 November 2006 By Dave Moore
Latics manager John Sheridan spoke very highly of Kettering Town after the Latics 3-4 victory and admitted, "It wasn't easy, and full credit to Kettering. They made it difficult for us, and raised their game like you often see in the FA Cup. The underdogs always raise their game by twenty to thirty percent, and their pace caused us problems. There's been a couple of shock results today, so I'm delighted to be in the hat for the next round. Now it would be nice to get someone at home."

"I thought the tie was over when we made it three-one. We've conceded two sloppy goals, and I'm disappointed we let them get back in with a chance. I'm happy with the result overall, though, as this was a tie people thought could possibly produce a shock. I wasn't surprised at how well Kettering played. I'd had them watched and we knew that they were a big and pacy side. They performed extremely well against League oposition, and I've just told their manager that if they keep playing like that, then promotion will not be a problem for them. It was a great game for the neutrals, a classic FA Cup tie. We've kept our run going. That's three wins on the spin now and I'll be hoping we can get everyone fit and take this form into the Bradford game next week."

Shez also spoke highly of the 900 fans who travelled to Kettering when he said, "It was a decent turnout. The fans have been different class, and I'm pleased that the players sent them home with a win. Obviously we know we're not going to win it, but I want to get as far as I can in this competition. It'd be nice to get to the Third Round and get a good draw, as we did when we played Manchester City at home a couple of years ago."