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Sheridan: "It's all about being a winner"

11 April 2019

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Ahead of Chesterfield’s match against Maidstone United at the Proact on Saturday, John Sheridan told the media how he pushes to instill a winning mentality into his team.

With the Spireites mathematically safe, Sheridan insisted that winning is a main factor in the upbeat mood around the club.

He said: “I get the vibe and hear that people are walking around with a smile on their faces. They’re enjoying watching games, playing and supporting the club. The big thing is we’re winning games. 

“A football club is a difficult place when you’re not winning. I just want people to feel comfortable here, that’s the way I am. I think the players are happy, they enjoy coming in and they’re winning.

“We all want the same thing - to get a successful team out on the pitch. I want my players to be winners. If you need that ruthless streak in you to be a winner, just do it. When you’re on the pitch for 90 minutes, it’s all about being a winner.”

Chesterfield will host already relegated Maidstone United this weekend. Despite the opposition's league position, the Spireites boss still warns his team to expect a tough game.

 “It’s a funny old league - any team in it can beat you,” he said. “They’ve gone down but I’m still wary of them. I respect them. It’s important we finish as strong as we can, we’re on a decent run at home and we want to maintain that.

“They’ll come here with a bit of freedom, but my thought process is that we go into the game confident we’re going to win. If we play like we’ve been playing, we will have a good chance of winning.

“The players need to go out thinking they’re going to win and the fans need to come thinking we’re going to win. I always want to win every game.”

With the season coming to an end, Sheridan opened up further about his intentions for next season, underlining the importance of the Spireites’ home form.

“We do make life difficult for the opposition to score goals, that is a big plus for me. I do like us to be adventurous and that’s what I want us to be next season. 

“Whether away or at home, we need to take the game to the opposition. If we do that, we’ll win more games than we lose.

“Our home form will be massive next season and we need to be very strong. Home form is always massive for teams that are looking for promotion and that is something we need to improve. I want it to be a very hard place for teams to come to.”

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