The Latics continued their fight for survival with a creditable home draw against league leaders Sheffield United on Saturday. They have now lost just one of the last ten league games. Tope Obadeyi put the Latics ahead from a Josh Law cross just before half time.
John Sheridan mused, “I thought it was a terrific performance from us considering who we were playing. They are a team who are already promoted in my eyes and they have been turning teams over so I actually thought we were the better team. I thought it was a good workmanlike performance. The good thing out of it was players who haven’t been figuring and playing have come in and done really well. They have come in and worked their socks off to help the team get something from the game. We nullified them and kept them quiet, even the top goalscorer in the league. I thought we were terrific so I applaud my players for the performance.”
“It was a great goal [from Obadeyi]. It was a good little passage of football and it’s Josh Law who puts the cross in and Tope is in between the posts and it’s a simple goal. It was Greeny and Josh who made the opening and it’s a great goal in the end, just before half time as well. It’s a shame we conceded just after half time as well and I always look at why we’ve conceded. They are always going to have chances but I have to give my players a pat on the back because I thought it was a terrific performance and it could be a valuable point towards the end of the season.”
The result leaves the Latics three points, but more importantly, and three places above the drop zone with six games remaining.