Ahead of Chesterfield’s upcoming match against high-flying AFC Fylde this weekend, John Sheridan spoke of how the focus for his side is on their own performance, despite the opposition’s strength.
AFC Fylde sit in fourth place firmly pushing for promotion and Sheridan acknowledged the threat posed by the Coasters but emphasised the Spireites’ need to concentrate on their own performance.
He said: “Fylde are a good team, they’ve done well over a three-year period. They’re winning games on a regular basis and they’re up there competing to get out the league.
“We’re very wary of them, they’ve got some good players, but I try and focus on my side and I will try and instill to the players how well they’ve done for me.
“It’s important we go into that match with the mindset that we have a good chance. I’d like us to be a bit more positive in front of goal, but we create chances and we should score more goals. Our aim and objective is to get three points from every game.
“We’re going to try and win the game,” he added. “I do respect Fylde they’re having a very good season, but I want us to put our own stamp on the game if we can.”
The Spireites are yet to concede in the league under Sheridan, which is providing the team with confidence ahead of the run-in. The Chesterfield boss spoke of how important that defensive form is for the team.
“It’s good for the keeper and the defence, but I always look at the team when we keep a clean-sheet. I try and make it clear to the players I want us working hard from the front, whether that’s with players out wide or up front.
“The clean-sheets we get are about the team, and not conceding means we have a good chance of winning games and that’s enabled us to get our seven points from nine games.”
Sheridan also said Laurence Maguire and Charlie Carter are nearing their comebacks from injury but are not in contention for the weekend, adding: “They’re training all the time, we have a game arranged for next week and they need another game, the two lads agree with that.
"They’re up to the tempo in training but it’s about getting the game time before they’re considered.”