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Sheridan: "We need to dominate over longer periods"

7 March 2019

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John Sheridan emphasised how vital it is for the Spireites to keep their concentration throughout games when he addressed the media ahead of Saturday’s match against Eastleigh.

The Spireites boss underlined the importance of being consistent for the full 90 minutes.

“The players have done brilliantly since I’ve come in,” he said. “They’ve taken on board what we are trying to do, we know we’ve got to win games but at the same time we’re hard to beat.

“We’ve won games with the odd goal without playing great. We’ve played well in patches which has enabled us to get a result, but I don’t think we’ve dominated any game we’ve played.

“We need to dominate over longer periods if we are going to win more often, not just for five/ten-minute spells. But the lads have done brilliantly since I’ve come in. Look at the points tally and the games we’ve won - I couldn’t ask for much more.

“We’re doing what we have to do, winning games and getting away from the bottom four. But if we are going to achieve and do better, we have to be consistently aware of how to win games.”

With Eastleigh in the hunt for promotion, Sheridan expects a difficult game on Saturday, but he will remind his team to focus on their own game.

He said: “Eastleigh are going really well, they’re a good team. I had a look at their squad and they’ve got a good, experienced team. They’re going well and will believe they can make the play-offs. They have some good players for this level of football.

“I’m expecting a tough game, but we’ve played teams who, like Eastleigh, are doing well - Fylde, Harrogate and Wrexham - but none of them were better than us. They’ve got more points and are higher in the league but, like I always say, I expect to win our home games.

“We’re doing well away from home points-wise, but I’d like us to do that when we are at home. We’re on a good run, we’re playing alright and we’re hard to beat. I think we could still be better higher up in the pitch, but we need to be positive when we’re at home.”

The Spireites have sprung out of the relegation zone and sit in 16th place, with seven points separating them from the bottom four. Sheridan admits he’s tried to get his team playing with freedom but knows Chesterfield must continue to improve to ensure safety.

“Anyone can beat anyone in the league, so we need to worry about us. If we keep winning and getting points we will get to safety, where we want to be. I’d like to do that as quickly as possible.

“I want to try be expansive and people know I want to try and score goals. I want the players to enjoy coming into work. Once it is happening in training, we take it on the pitch.

I just want them to express themselves, they’re lucky to be footballers. If you’re winning games, the belief that you’re going to go out and win will come.”

Sheridan provided the assurance there were no fresh injury concerns, but said that Alex Kiwomya is a doubt for Saturday. He added: “We’ll assess him to see how he is as we’ve got to be very careful with the hamstring injury. He possibly won’t be ready for the weekend but I’m hoping he is available next week.”

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