Sheridan showers Fleetwood players with praise after rainsoaked win

Fleetwood matchwinner Jack Sowerby
Fleetwood matchwinner Jack Sowerby
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Not even a torrential downpour and sodden pitch could stop John Sheridan’s Fleetwood side making it six games unbeaten with victory at AFC Wimbledon.

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Puddles covered the pitch but the game was completed, Jack Sowerby’s first-half strike proving the winner.

The ground staff did not use the rollers to remove surface water at half-time and when they finally did so after 70 minutes, when play had been suspended due to the deteriorating conditions, Town chairman Andy Pilley applauded them off.

But rather than taking issue with the Wimbledon ground staff, Sheridan was simply ecstatic with another three points which leave Town eight points clear of the League One drop zone with seven games to go.

Asked about the ground staff’s inactivity during half-time, Sheridan said: “”I don’t know anything. We finished the game, we won it, so happy days.

“The referee pulled myself and Neal (Ardley, Dons boss) in before the game. Neal was probably questioning the game more. I wanted the game on, didn’t I? Full credit to the referee – he could have easily called it off but he went with it.

“I know the ball was stopping when you passed it, but both sets of players tried their best and got through it.

“It was difficult. It was a big game for us both but the most pleasing thing is that we have come out with a massive three points."

Sheridan was relieved the game was not abandoned and added: “We had gone 1-0 up and had the advantage, but I did not want to come back down on a Tuesday night. I didn’t want the journey.

“We’ve got games coming up thick and fast and I wanted this game through. We’ve seen it through well.

“They were putting balls in the box but we didn’t half defend well and the keeper has made some good saves.

“Even towards the end we had some opportunities on the break.

“1-0 is a magnificent scoreline for me. A clean sheet again, four on the spin, and it is down to the players.

“I’m going to applaud my players, applaud both sets of players because conditions were very tricky.

“I applaud my players’ desire – you could not pass a ball on it.

“It could possibly get called off but when we’ve got the goal we want to be playing.

“We are not half doing well as a team to keep the ball out of the net. Not that they had many chances.

“They had a good one in the first half and we have had a couple. Sowers scored a good goal and it is just a brilliant result.”