John Sheridan addressed the media ahead of Chesterfield’s trip down to Ebbsfleet tomorrow and touched on the importance of the Spireites’ defence and how it’s been vital in the upturn of form.
Sheridan said: “We’re probably on our best run of the season, I don’t want to speak too soon and get ahead of ourselves but we’re becoming tighter defensively and as a team.
“We’re making life difficult for the opposition, there’s a good work ethic about us. We’ve got people running hard and defending with the desire not to concede. If you keep clean sheets, obviously you’re going to win games.
“We won’t be getting carried away, we’ve played well in patches and got wins under our belt. I think there’s a bit of confidence in the team at this moment in time.”
Ebbsfleet, although currently sitting in the relegation spots, come into the game on good recent form. The Spireites boss says he expects a hard game but is focused on his own side and what Chesterfield can do to affect the game.
“They’re all difficult games, they’ve had a good couple of results recently. They’re a good footballing side and again have good experience in their team," explained the boss.
“They’re possibly in a false position in the league, I expect a tough game. Any team in this league can go on and win five, six, seven games so we’re very wary of them.
“But I’m only worried about us, I’m hoping we go there with the belief that we can win the game. If we turn up and do what we’ve done recently we will have a good chance.”
The Spireites are on the back of three consecutive league victories and could make it four on the bounce on Saturday. Sheridan emphasised his side must continue this form if they are to get where they intend to be, come the end of the season, by saying: “We’ve got to keep winning.
"Coming up to Christmas the games will come thick and fast and when you turn the corner at Christmas if you can find yourself in a healthier position points-wise it will give us that belief.
“We’re going to lose games again this season, but whilst we’re winning we just need to approach games with a positive mind thinking we’re going to win the game.
“We are where we are but as a team, we have goals in us. We know we’re playing catch up, but I have confidence in the players.”
Sheridan gave an update on injuries but assured there are no new long-term injury concerns, adding: “(David) Buchanan is training and wanting to play, Laurence (Maguire) is coming back and will join training next week, (Sam) Wedgebury is still with the physio but other than that people are fit and wanting to play.”