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Sheridan: “We go into the game wanting to win”

4 April 2019

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Ahead of Chesterfield’s match away at Dover Athletic on Saturday, John Sheridan told the media that, despite having safety almost wrapped up, he is striving to finish the season strongly.

The Spireites boss admitted he may look to make a few alterations to his team but with the objective of winning the game still in mind.

“When I say I’m making changes; it doesn’t mean I’m playing a weaker team. I will play a team that will hopefully go on and win the game.

“I want to win the five remaining games and I’m putting players in that have already played under me along with one or two that have trained really well. Our shape and system won’t change; we go into the game wanting to win.

“I’m not going to make us vulnerable, everyone thinks the season is done and we’re safe but I’m going there to win the game.

“Whoever I bring in, it might be different personnel but there’s no different in how we want to play. Any player I choose will step in, know the role and hopefully perform well.”

Since Sheridan’s arrival, his side have won eight of the 13 league games played which has allowed the manager to maintain a winning line-up. But, Sheridan commended every player for their attitude whether they are playing or not.

He said: “It’s good when you’re winning, it just means you can enjoy training and everyone’s walking in with a smile on their face.

“The lads have done exactly what I’ve wanted them to do since I’ve come in, they’ve done brilliantly to be in this position. A lot of them were in a losing team but they’re all enjoying going out and winning games now.

“All of them have been spot on and that’s why I wanted to reward them. It’s difficult when you’re not playing and you’ve got the feeling you won’t be playing.

“But not one of them have given me a problem, they’ve come in and trained well every day.”

The Spireites' next opponents, Dover Athletic, sit one place above the relegation zone but have been on good form and Sheridan is wary of the threat they pose.

“They’re a good team on a good run,” he said. “Dover are in a vulnerable position below us, so they will be trying to win the game.

“They can beat anyone like any team and they’ve shown that with their results. Dover are a team similar to ourselves that are on a decent run. They will be confident of being at home and playing well that they can beat us.

“They know the importance of winning the game and I expect a tough game. They’re a handful, it’s a long trip but we go there wanting to win. We go there confident that we can carry on what we’ve been doing.”

Sheridan confirmed there were no fresh injury concerns and suggested Jerome Binnom-Williams could return before the season’s finish, adding: “He’s getting stronger and feeling better so it’s a possibility he could be back before the end of the season.”

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