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We Must Believe In Ourselves

22 August 2012

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Spireites boss John Sheridan urged his players to believe in their own ability after watching his side bravely fight back from a goal down to salvage a point against fellow promotion candidates Rochdale at the Proact Stadium.


Super sub Jack Lester stepped off the bench to head home a dramatic 93rd minute equaliser after Dale midfielder Andrew Tutte had given the visitors the lead with a thunderous 35-yard strike.


The home side created plenty of opportunities and were denied not by one, not by two, but a staggering four goal-line clearances as well as Josh Lillis' superb save from striker Marc Richards. But in spite of his side's bad luck in front of goal so far this campaign, Sheridan has insisted his players believe in themselves.


"I think our problem is we need to believe in ourselves more and we need to retain the ball a lot better," Sheridan said after the 1-1 draw with Rochdale.


"We've got good players in the team, but I feel as though we're not retaining the ball as well as we should and it is giving teams opportunities.


"We're giving the ball away cheaply and even their goal again, it's a wonder strike so there's not a lot you can do about it but we've given the ball away.


"I think we've got to retain the ball, especially higher up the pitch. I think we give the ball away too cheaply, if we can do that then we won't cause ourselves problems first and foremost and we'll cause the opposition problems. I think when we do retain the ball, we look a decent side."


Sheridan turned to his old charm Lester, but also introduced Craig Westcarr and youngster Craig Clay off the bench with his side once again chasing the game, but he was delighted with the impact the substitutes had.


The Spireites have only picked up one point from an available six so far, but the manager has been pleased that his side have looked dangerous and is confident with a bit of patience, the goals will come.


"The subs came on and did well, i've got a good squad," he added. 


"Craig Clay came on, he didn't play on Saturday but i've put him on the bench tonight and I thought he did really well. Westy came on and put some great deliveries in the box and we all know what Jack is about.


"Rochdale have had a lot of possession, they play a system but i can't remember Tommy having an awful lot to do," said the gaffer.


"I hear supporters saying close down and I understand that, but we've created some great chances and we could have scored three or four goals. If we keep creating, the goals will come and that's all we can do.


"It's going to be a very evenly matched league. I think Rochdale will be up there, I know the way John plays and they've got some very good players. You could see they were a decent side tonight, but I expect us to be up there and that's all I'm worried about."


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