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Tough Test At Kingsmeadow

15 August 2012



Chesterfield manager John Sheridan will be looking for improvements from his side ahead of Saturday's League Two opener with AFC Wimbledon, after the Spireites were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle. Sheridan's side succumbed to a last gasp winner from Tranmere's Abdulai Bell-Baggie, after talismanic striker Jack Lester had hauled the home side level with a delightful chip.


And with the game looking as though it was going to drift towards the dreaded penalty shootout, Sheridan was disappointed that his side couldn't cling on for a chance to settle the tie on spot-kicks.


"I think both teams were trying to win the game, we really got ourselves back into it," the gaffer said after the final whistle.


"If we had a bit of composure and people just slowing it down in dangerous areas, picking out that little pass, we could have created a more opportunities. 


"They go 1-0 up and then we get back into it through a great finish from Jack and if you have to, go to penalties."


Saturday's opponents AFC Wimbledon also succumbed to defeat in the first round, after they failed to negotiate their way through a difficult away trip to last season's League One play-off semi-finalists Stevenage. The Dons were well-beaten 3-1, but Sheridan expects Terry Brown's side to provide his team with a difficult start to life back in the basement division.


"I'm not pleased with anything tonight, I thought it was a very poor performance and I expect a lot better and we will get a lot better," he insisted.


"Hopefully they have listened, they take it board and we take it into the league programme, which is the most important thing. 


"I said it was a great opportunity to get into the next round, get off to a winning start and get a bit of buzz around the place but again, we conceded soft goals. 


"I expect us as the home team to take the game to the opposition, I don't care who we play. We just did not get going, our ball retention was very poor and I expect better. 


"We have got better players than what we showed tonight and we need to work hard because we'll have another tough game on Saturday."


Newly-appointed captain Sam Hird was replaced during the second-half after picking up a knock, but Sheridan revealed he may yet still be fit to travel to Kingston-upon-Thames at the weekend.


"I'm not sure, I think it was his calf," he added.


"I don't think it's as bad as he first thought, so we'll have to assess it and see how he is."


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