Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan has sparked a revival since making a return to the club last month, but the manager is keen to heap the praise on his players for their up-turn in form.The Latics are still 22nd in Sky Bet League 1, the same position they held when Sheridan was appointed in mid-January, but the gap to safety has closed from five points to just one.
Under Sheridan's watch they have picked up 11 points from a possible 15, recording back-to-back wins for the first time this season by beating high-flying Gillingham and Peterborough United.
“It’s down to the players as they are the ones that go out and perform on the pitch,” Sheridan told the club's official website ahead of his side's visit to Scunthorpe United this weekend.
“Sometimes a new face comes in and my ideas are working at the moment because we are winning games and I’ve got to continue that focus.
"They [the players] have had a tough time this season but since the day I came in, they have showed me good character, a willingness to work hard and try and get results so it’s all credit to the players.
"I’m not getting carried away because I know what’s around the corner. I’ve just got to stay focused. It’s all about the team.
“We look a well balanced team at the moment and if we are working hard and being consistent then you will win games in this division."
Their weekend opponents Scunthorpe were also enjoying a run of good form, picking up four successive wins before losing to Fleetwood last time out.
That was their first defeat under new boss Nick Daws, and if Oldham can inflict another loss, the Latics may find themselves out of the bottom four come 5pm on Saturday.
“They are a good side and they have good players in their team,” Sheridan continued. “They have players who have played in this division or higher so they are a good team.
“They had a good result against Millwall the other week so we are wary of them and hopefully we will work out their strengths and weaknesses.
“I just want to concentrate on ourselves and carry on what we have been doing. We respect Scunthorpe because it will be a tough game but we go there believing we can win."
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