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Sheehan: We'll Get Through This

Midfielder calls for response to tough spell as Wanderers aim for pick-me-up

20 October 2021

Josh Sheehan admits Wanderers have endured a tough few days.

But he is backing his team-mates to turn it around and get their League One campaign back on track.

A 3-0 defeat at table-topping Plymouth made it three defeats on the spin for Ian Evatt’s men.

Gillingham are next up at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday and Sheehan expects the Whites to show their true colours in a bid to halt the slide.

“We’re a strong enough group to get over this and I’m sure we will. It’s been a tough few days but we’ll get through it,” said the midfielder.

“We’ve got to get over the last few days and show ourselves again. You don’t turn a bad team overnight.

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“We’ve got to prove how good we are and it starts on Saturday.

“We’ve had a bad few days. We’re a mentally tough group and I feel we can put this straight behind us and we’ve got to put it behind us.

“We know what we’re about. At the start of the season the fans and other teams could see this.

“It’s just unfortunate the last few games haven’t gone our way and we’re hoping – starting Saturday – we can implement our game, create chances, score goals and get everything back in positive way.”

Wanderers have now gone three games without a goal in losing to promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan and Argyle following a hat-trick of wins across two competitions.

The lack of a killer instinct in and around the penalty area cost them at a rain-lashed Home Park where chances to stage a possible second-half fightback weren’t taken before Argyle added a third goal in stoppage time.

Having shipped two early goals there was no way back and Sheehan – who tested the Argyle keeper as much as anyone in a white shirt in a tidy personal performance – knows there is room for improvement at both ends of the pitch.

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“Everyone is angry because no-one likes losing,” added the Welshman.

“To concede two early goals like that puts you on the back foot.

“It’s frustrating. That’s not showing how good we are and what we’re capable of and I don’t think we’ve done that in the last couple of games.

“It shoots ourselves in the foot conceding early on. It gives the other team momentum and it’s an uphill battle straight away, which doesn’t help.

“When you’re playing the top teams in this league they’re clinical.

“We need to create more clear-cut chances for our forward players and strikers.

“They are getting half-chances and moments but they’re not getting clear chances.

“Maybe as midfielders and forwards we haven’t created clear-cut chances and that’s our job. We’ve got to create more, I feel.”

Watch Josh's post-match interview HERE

 


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