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Sheridan: "The lads worked hard"

24 July 2019

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After last night’s friendly clash against neighbours Sheffield United, Spireites manager John Sheridan spoke after the defeat and stressed that increasing his players’ fitness levels were more significant than the result on the night.

“I knew it would be a tough night,” he said.

“They are a quality side and that’s why they got promoted last year.

“The amount of work the lads put in, they obviously got some fitness out of it.

“The lads worked hard. We were playing against good players.

“I don’t worry about the result.

“We’ve had a good shift but it’s all for our fitness leading up to the Dover game.”

Newly signed striker Anthony Spyrou put pen to paper on a year-long loan deal from Norwich City just a few hours before Tuesday night’s fixture.

The 19-year-old was included in the starting eleven to make his Proact debut and Sheridan was very positive about the forward’s performance, by saying: “I thought Anthony’s movement was very good.

“He’s a good player and I like him.

“He showed little glimpses. It’s still very early and he’s still learning about how we want to play.

“He was making good runs and I’m hoping he’s going to be a good player for us.”

Goalkeeper Luke Coddington was in the starting line-up against Sheffield United and made a number of impressive saves throughout the first half.

When questioned about his goalkeepers, the Chesterfield manager claimed that the 24-year-old hasn’t come to the club to sit on the bench and explained that he wants all of his squad to be fighting for a starting position.

“I want them both pushing each other, that’s why he has come in,” stated Sheridan.

“Coddington is a young keeper who wants to be playing and Jalal did well for me when I came in.

“I want people pushing each other and no one is an automatic pick in the team.”

The Spireites travel to Sheffield FC tonight for their penultimate pre-season fixture, kick-off is at 7:30pm.

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