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Smith: "There was a buzz about training"

11 January 2019

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Jonathan Smith addressed the media ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy fixture against Bedford Town and began by stating that it’s been a ‘positive’ start under new boss John Sheridan.

“We’ve got the new gaffer in and it’s been a positive start,” said Smith

“We’ve now got to get together and start pushing up this league.”

Newly appointed Chesterfield manager Sheridan took his first training session back at the club on Thursday.

Smith went onto mention that the players enjoyed Thursday’s session and that he hopes Sheridan can bring the best out of the team.

“Everyone seems excited. There was a buzz about training,” explained the midfielder.

“I don’t think we’ve been playing that badly but we’ve had a lot of draws which is why we are where we are.

“There is a decent team in there, and hopefully the gaffer can bring that out of us.”

In their last game, the Spireites came back from 3-0 down at half time to draw 3-3 with Ebbsfleet United, which included a stoppage-time penalty save by stand-in keeper Will Evans.

When asked about last weekend’s stunning comeback, Smith pointed out that the result shows the team give their all, by saying: “We’ve had so many games this year where we’ve come back. The gaffer mentioned that it shows that we’ve got something about us, we’re not pushovers.

“We are struggling in the league a little bit, but we will keep working as hard as we can to try and get up the league.

“We’ll do whatever we can to push us on.”

Bedford Town qualified for the second round of the FA Trophy with a 7-0 win against Aldershot Town in their first-round replay.

Smith declared that Saturday’s tie against Bedford could potentially be a testing fixture for the Spireites, by stating: “They are dangerous games. We want to win, and anybody that comes here we want to win.

“That’ll continue on Saturday, we’ll do our best to win and get through to the next round.”

The FA Trophy final is held at Wembley Stadium on the 19th of May, and the Chesterfield captain put forward that Sheridan’s track record shows it’s a competition that Chesterfield will be wanting to win.

“You don’t have to win many games to get close to Wembley. The gaffer has proved in the past by winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with this club,” mentioned Smith.  

“I’m sure that he’ll be targeting that, but let’s take one game at a time and starting Saturday it’s the start of a new era.”

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