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Sheridan: "I'm glad we've won at home"

23 March 2019

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Following the Spireites’ stunning 3-0 home victory against Sutton United on Saturday, John Sheridan emphasised the importance of getting the three points.

The Spireites boss told the media how pleased he was with the win but believes the performance could have been better overall.

He said: “It’s all about winning the game and getting the points. I don’t think we played great in the first half, I thought possession-wise Sutton were the better side. But we got the goal and it always gives you that chance and belief that if we keep a clean sheet, we win the game.

“But I’m pleased how we went about the first 25 minutes of the second half, I thought we were really strong. We got the goals at a really important time and when you’re 3-0 up it makes the game more comfortable.

“I think we can play a lot better, I still think we gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half. Even when we’re 3-0 up, I don’t like us being sloppy and not doing the basics.

"Not being harsh but I would like to go on and win the game four/five-nil. But I’m not taking anything away from the players, they’ve done brilliantly since I came in.”

Sheridan surprised many with a very youthful midfield against Sutton. Laurence Maguire, Joe Rowley and Charlie Carter made up the Spireites midfield and Sheridan thought they had a positive effect on the game and still have a lot to develop in their game.

“I had a very young midfield, inexperienced but I put them in together,” he said. “They haven’t played a lot of football this season but again Rowley, especially in the second half, was quality. As the game got stronger he got in the game more and took care of the ball.

“But the young players will learn and hopefully learn from me. I want them to be better and make us better as a team.

“They’re all here under contract and I’d like to think we’re going to improve them. Sometimes they will hear things they don’t want to here, but that’s a part of growing up and being a better player.

“They’ve got a lot to learn but they’re at a good age, they have very good potential, but they have to work very hard and be consistent in their game. They should want to play at the highest game possible.”

The Spireites boss has frequently spoke of the importance in winning games at home and Sheridan once again touched on his need to improve home performances.

“I want us to be attack-minded and score goals but at the same time be solid. There is still work to do, but I want us to think whoever we are playing at home that we’ll win.

“The fans will get right behind us and I know we will get more fans in. We need to be brave and when we make mistakes just get on with it. As long as you’re trying the right thing, don’t get sloppy.

“I’m glad we’ve won at home and I’d like us to win the next three at home too and finish strongly.”

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