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Sheridan: "I can’t fault the players’ effort"

26 January 2019

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After the Spireites’ goal-less draw against Barrow at the Proact on Saturday, John Sheridan began by stating that he thought his side created the better opportunities during the match.

“I thought it was quite an even game, but I thought we had good chances,” said the boss.

“The first 15, 20 minutes we had some good chances to take the lead and then it’s a totally different game.

“We didn’t take those chances and they (Barrow) gradually came into the game.

“If I’m going by chances in the game, I thought we had the better chances.

“We know the importance of getting the three points, so it leaves us a bit vulnerable for the counter-attack.

“The plus is three clean sheets. There is a lot to work on; I can’t fault the players’ effort.”

Marc-Antoine Fortune and Bradley Barry were substituted due to injury during the fixture, and the Chesterfield manager gave updates on the pair, by saying: “I thought Marco (Fortune) started the game well. He’s done well since I’ve come in here.

“He’s different to Dents (Denton) up top.

“You are going to get injuries. Fortunately, Marco’s just felt his hamstring; I don’t think it’s a bad one.

“Baz’s (Barry) I think it’s a bit more serious. You don’t want any players going off injured.

“They are both hamstring injuries. We’ll just have to assess them.”

Shwan Jalal managed to keep another clean sheet on Saturday, and during the post-match press conference Sheridan pointed out that it’s a positive he will take from the match.

“I don’t think Jalal has had a save to make. A clean sheet is important because if you keep clean sheets you’ve got a chance to win games,” explained Sheridan.

“Keeping clean sheets is a massive plus for me and as a team, we are working really hard to do that.

“A clean sheet is a plus from today’s game.”

The Spireites face Brackley Town at home in the FA Trophy next Saturday, and Sheridan was quick to put forward that it’s a fixture that they will be taking seriously.

“I want to keep the momentum. If you’re playing in a cup competition that gives you a chance to get to Wembley, I would never take it lightly,” stated Sheridan.

“It’s a great opportunity for us. We are playing a team that are in a lower league; I expect us to win but at the same time it will be a massive game for them.

“They’ll be trying to get one over on us but we need to get through to the next round.”

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