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Sheridan Expects Better

15 August 2012

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Abdulai Beal-Baggie rifled home a 120th minute winner to seal the Super Whites' passage into round two.Chesterfield manager John Sheridan said he expected more from his players after they began the 2012/13 campaign by bowing out of the Capital One Cup. The Spireites suffered late heartbreak against League One Tranmere Rovers, after substitute

Jack Lester had earlier hauled the home side level with a delightful chip, after the impressive Cole Stockton had fired Rovers into a 93rd minute lead. But Sheridan revealed after full-time that he was frustrated that his side didn't get going.

"I wasn't happy with the performance," he told Spireites Player.

"I thought Tranmere were a lot better than us. We just didn't really get going at all, I thought we were fortunate to go in at the break 0-0. 

"Once I brought Jordan and Jack on they gave us a bit of a lift, Jack got himself involved in the game and did what he's good at and I thought we were a bit more of a threat then but I thought we weren't at the races tonight."

The Spireites travel to the Kingsmeadow Sports Ground on Saturday as they begin their assault on promotion back to League One at the first attempt with a tricky opener against AFC Wimbledon.

"I'm puzzled," said Sheridan.

"First game of the season, it was a lovely pitch to play football on but we just didn't get going. I don't mind playing poorly, but i'd like us to at least have a go at playing the way I want us to play.

"There were too many long balls for me, no-one was being brave enough to try and get on the ball and get us going and that was disappointing. I'll accept sometimes you're not going to play well, but at least try the things that we're trying to teach."

Chesterfield were somewhat fortunate to have taken the game into extra-time, after the visitors twice thumped the upright firstly through Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro and then Stockton before the game burst into life in extra-time. Stockton managed to spring free of the hosts' defence three minutes after the restart to hammer home an opener, before Beal-Baggie pounced in the dying seconds to dump the Spireites out of the cup.

And a disconsolate Sheridan was left frustrated by the manner of the goals his side conceded.

"I look at both goals and I think they were very similar in the way we conceded them," he lamented.

"We've got two men contesting the ball and not one of them is saying a word to each other and the second goal is exactly the same. But how do you teach someone to speak?

"It's ridiculous the second goal and I'm repeating what I said last year," he added.

"How many times have you got to tell someone? I'm sick of saying it. If I have to deal with it, I'll deal with it."

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