Oldham Athletic

29 September 2006

Boss's relief

OLDHAM boss John Sheridan was relieved to get a first win under his belt as Maheta Malongo's second-half header proved enough to see off Swansea City.

Having called for a higher tempo after the defeats against Tranmere Rovers and Port Vale, Sheridan's team answered their boss in the correct manner to claim three deserved points.

While Malongo was the hero going forward, on-loan Bolton keeper Chris Howarth did his bit at the other end with a point-blank save from Leon Knight before saving Lee Trundle's penalty, although his first-half fumble had given Trundle a chance which he struck against the bar.

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Sheridan said: "I thought the tempo was a lot better playing against a very good team. I thought we matched them in all areas and although they hit the bar, I thought we were the better team.

"I've been pleased with the way we've defended in the three games, but they have three of the best strikers in the division and were always going to give us problems. We defended well, if a bit too deeply, but we've kept a clean sheet and I thought all the lads were outstanding.

"I thought Chris played very well and made an excellent save at the back post. He's not used to first-team football and hopefully he'll get better.

"I know I still need a striker though. I was pleased for Maheta to come on and score, you don't know what that will do for his confidence but I'm working hard to bring someone in. I can only enquire so much, I can't get on my hands and knees and beg."

Chris Hall, the man replaced by Malongo at half-time, was later revealed to be suffering from a thigh injury which had restricted him from training during the week and may make him a doubt for next weekend's trip to Millwall.

In contrast to Sheridan, Swansea boss Kenny Jackett believed it was his side who were on top rather than the hosts.

He claimed: "I didn't think we deserved to lose the game, we had the better chances in the second half. We haven't won in three games so that's a frustration, but it's not a crisis from my point of view - we're looking for improvement in terms of results and performances."


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