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Sheridan: "It’s a game we should have won"

9 March 2019

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Following Chesterfield’s 3-2 defeat against Eastleigh at the Proact on Saturday, John Sheridan told the media how frustrating the defeat is after taking the lead twice.

Haydn Hollis and Scott Boden gave the Spireites the lead either side of the break, but Sheridan spoke of just how messy the game was in general.

He said: “Usually when we take the lead we’re a better team. I think the game was very scrappy on our part, I keep saying the same things over and over again.

“If you look at the overall performance it’s not the way I want us to play football.

“Whether it’s because we’re at home I don’t know but even today we looked nervous for some reason. I don’t know why because we’re on a good run.

“We just made the game look too ugly and the basics weren’t there.

“I don’t want to say we’re nervous playing at home but when we give a performance like that, maybe some players are more nervous in front of our home fans."

The Spireites boss has spoken before about game management and Sheridan believes that was a factor again for his side.

“We got in the lead twice and when we score the second goal to go 2-1 up, I asked them what are they thinking? How do they go about the game?

“We’ve got to get a grip of the game, see the game through, do the basics and just try to make the game as simple as possible. We made it as difficult as we could.

“We’ve got enough experience on the pitch to see the game out. We need to be careful because we were on a good run and people start talking but you’ve got to keep a level head.”

With Bromley next up for the Spireites on Tuesday night, Sheridan will look to pick his team up and bounce back again mid-week.

“My thought process is now on Tuesday, when we’ve been beaten, we’ve always had a game on Tuesday and we’ve bounced back.

“Luckily for us, there are teams doing worse than us so the results are not too bad for us.

“We have to be miles better, it’s so frustrating to watch.”

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