Chesterfield manager John Sheridan insists that his players must get any silly mistakes out of their system in pre-season, after he saw his side slip to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Conference National outfit Alfreton Town on Friday evening.
The Spireites spurned several openings in the early exchanges at the Impact Arena and former Mansfield Town man Nathan Arnold made them pay by breaking the deadlock just shy of the break.
Danny Whitaker hauled the visitors level, but second-half substitute goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell’s mis-kick presented the home side with the chance to inflict Chesterfield’s first pre-season defeat and the gaffer is keen to eradicate any mistakes before the season’s curtain raiser on August 14.
“Just like at Telford we created a lot of chances,” Sheridan told Spireites Player at full-time.
“I’d like to have scored more goals and made it easier for ourselves, but I think it’s important we get these silly mistakes out the way because the goals we have conceded are not goals we should concede and we need to get it out of our game.
“Tommy hadn’t had much to do, I know they hit the bar in the second half but neither keeper had a save to make. But we conceded two goals, and they were both poor.”
The Reds have now concluded their pre-season preparations and begin their Conference National campaign against Stockport County next week, while Sheridan still has two games against Championship opposition to prepare his charges for the visit of Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup.
And the manager was pleased with another worthwhile exercise, in spite of the result.
“I knew it would be a hard game and it was all about fitness and getting another game under our belts,” he added.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed with the result, but there were a lot of good things that I’ve seen and we could have been three or four up after 20 minutes and it’s a totally different game.
“But if you don’t take your chances, you get punished.”
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