By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent
Stockport County midfielder Sam Sheridan says he was confident of hitting home the penalty that gave the club a much-needed 3-2 home win over Barrow on New Year’s Day.
Sam scored twice – his first goals in senior football – as County won a Blue Square Premier game for the first time since October.
The Hatters were coasting 2-0 thanks to Sheridan’s quality opener and Joe Connor’s first goal for the club before Barrow pulled back level, before winning a penalty after Paul Smith brought down Aaron Cole in the box.
He said: “I’ve always been pretty good at penalties. I didn’t really feel any pressure. With the penalty being taken at the Cheadle End, I was either going to be a hero or villain.”
“It’s great to get off the mark both personally and for the club. It didn’t really sink in at the time but I’ve had time to think about it and it’s a good feeling.”
The win saw County move out of the relegation places in the league and the club now sit 19th in the League.
“In the first half we were hard to break down and played well. After half time Barrow changed their shape and got back into it. Luckily we managed to hang on for the win.”
Sheridan believes a settled team will help County turn the corner – after a bad run of defeats, they have picked up four points from their last three games.
“There was a time when the team was changing every week and I wasn’t getting in the team – obviously I wasn’t happy with that. Now we’re starting to get a settled team and a bit of continuity which helps us in the way we play.”
“Most of the team was new in the summer and it wasn’t going to happen instantly. We all know each other a lot better now and have had time to gel,” he said.
The 22-year-old – a former Republic of Ireland U19 international – thinks tomorrow’s trip to Gateshead provides more opportunity to get points on the board.
“Hopefully we can get something out of the game. I’m looking forward to the match. The mood in training this week has been good. If you look at the last game against them it was very even but for a sloppy mistake in defence which cost us,” he said.
“I don’t think the fans realise how much of a buzz it gives us when we can hear them singing and cheering us on. The noise against Barrow was unbelievable. It really gives us something extra and makes us want to win for them even more.”
“After some of our performances this season we’ve deserved some stick but it was great to hear the fans cheering us off at half time.”
In transfer news, Chris Blackburn has moved to AFC Telford on a free. After a loan spell, Nick Chadwick has completed a move to Plymouth Argyle.
Coming in to Edgeley Park, striker Danny L. Rowe has arrived from Fleetwood Town on loan – not to be confused with Danny M. Rowe, who made his senior debut for County in 2009. The new signing will wear the No. 6 shirt, with Tommy’s brother wearing 18.
Stockport play Gateshead tomorrow, with kick off at 3pm. Pure Radio have exclusive match commentary on 107.8FM or through County Player.