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Sheridan: "I’ll keep our feet on the ground"

22 February 2019

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John Sheridan remains unbeaten and yet to concede a goal in the league after the Spireites’ 1-0 away victory at AFC Fylde last weekend.

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, the Chesterfield boss acknowledged the importance of keeping clean sheets in order to continue their good form.

“We’ve got to stay focused. Luckily for us, we’re getting in an advantage where we know if we keep a clean sheet we win the game,” he said.

“We’ve defended when we’ve had to defend. It’s something I’m trying to get out of them.

“When we are in the lead, I’d like to see games out easier and do things a bit better instead of making wrong decisions and making ourselves vulnerable.

“They’re giving me what I’m asking from them.

“Four clean sheets have enabled us to get the points we are after. 1-0 is as good as 3-0 when we’re defending as a team, it’s not just the goalkeeper and defenders, it’s us as a team.

“I like our strikers to work hard up top too. I applaud them all and hopefully, it continues.”

Sheridan has named the same starting line-up in the recent back-to-back wins but is prepared to change the winning formula if he feels necessary.

“I’m not frightened of changing a winning side, but when we’re winning and keeping clean sheets I’d be silly to mess around with it too much,” the boss explained.

“If I feel something else might affect the game and would get us a result on Saturday, then I wouldn’t be afraid to do so.

“When we’re doing well, I won’t be changing too much.

“If the team are winning and we’re doing well it makes life easier regarding picking the team.

“We had a game behind closed doors on Monday for players who needed game time.

“It’s good for players coming back from injury as well. I’ve got a lot of players to think about and hopefully, I’m making the right decision.

“I don’t like leaving people out, I can only pick 11 and five subs. My thought process is picking the right team and the right subs to influence the game.”

It’s been a positive turnaround since Sheridan’s arrival but with another tough encounter on Saturday against Harrogate, the Spireites boss knows his team have to keep their concentration, adding: “I’m not someone who will get carried away.

“I’ll keep our feet on the ground. I want us to improve, get better and finish the season strongly.

“Our objective is to stay out of the bottom four and at the same time to finish as high as we can.”


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