Witton Albion's stand-in management team declare themselves happy after win against Halesowen

Anthony Sheehan is a contender to replace Brian Pritchard as manager on a permanent basis

Anthony Sheehan is a contender to replace Brian Pritchard as manager on a permanent basis

First published in Sport Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

ANTHONY Sheehan says Witton Albion’s players deserve praise for delivering a first league win since Brian Pritchard’s departure as manager.

Goals after the interval from Josh Hancock and Neil Harvey secured a 2-0 win against newly-promoted Halesowen on Tuesday, extending an unbeaten sequence in the Premier Division to four matches.

It also marks the hosts’ first shutout of the season.

Sheehan said: “I’m happy – the lads stuck to a plan and got their reward.

“We scored at good times, but the most pleasing thing for us as a management team is to see players taking on board the information we gave to them.

“They knew what to expect from Halesowen, what they would be up against.

“We defended well, and it’s a nice boost for the back five to keep a clean sheet.”

Sheehan, along coaches Nigel Deeley and Dave Andrew, made a decisive tactical switch in the moments before half time.

After stationing Hancock in a more familiar position on the left wing and moving Iain Howard inside to support striker Neil Harvey from a central starting point, Witton broke through.

“We made the adjustment before half time because the game was so tight and we needed to try something different,” said Sheehan.

“Iain was able to get on the ball more, while Josh did what he does best when he cut inside to score our first goal with a great strike.

“It was difficult to get control of the game before half time, but with more possession afterwards we were able to create chances.”

Witton’s caretaker trio are likely to be in charge for Saturday’s trip to Barwell, by which time the 32-year-old will have been interviewed for the managerial vacancy.

The former Colwyn Bay midfielder, who has made more than 100 appearances for Albion since September 2011, said on Friday that he wanted to replace Pritchard on a permanent basis.

“I’m enjoying myself,” he said.

“I can’t do any more than that.”

To read a report on last night's game, click here: http://bit.ly/1A4DcOE

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1:31pm Thu 4 Sep 14

John Doe Northwich says...

must be better candidates out there
must be better candidates out there John Doe Northwich
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1:19pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Matt Cat says...

Absolute rubbish John Doe! Sheehan is the perfect man for the job in mine and almost every Wittoner I've spoken too, he knows the players, he knows the club and he proved in his first game in charge that by switching the system around would change the game as it did.
If I was Mark Harris I would give him the job now!
Absolute rubbish John Doe! Sheehan is the perfect man for the job in mine and almost every Wittoner I've spoken too, he knows the players, he knows the club and he proved in his first game in charge that by switching the system around would change the game as it did. If I was Mark Harris I would give him the job now! Matt Cat
  • Score: 7

2:50pm Fri 5 Sep 14

emma9486 says...

Sheehan would be a good option as he knows they players and can continue the good work already done. To bring someone else in may disrupt the team and although may work out in the long run, in the immediate the team are settled and playing well so why change it. Sheehan would get my vote!
Sheehan would be a good option as he knows they players and can continue the good work already done. To bring someone else in may disrupt the team and although may work out in the long run, in the immediate the team are settled and playing well so why change it. Sheehan would get my vote! emma9486
  • Score: 4

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