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Sheridan: "We need to bounce back"

22 November 2019

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John Sheridan faced the media ahead of Chesterfield’s trip to Harrogate on Saturday and emphasised the importance of his team putting last week’s defeat to Chorley behind them.

He said: “It’s been a slow week with the disappointment from the loss, that feeling drags on after a good little run.

“No disrespect to Chorley but we were playing a team that were bottom of the league, so we went in positive that we would win the game. Everything backfired because of the performance and the result.

“When you’re winning games, the week goes very quick whilst you wait for the next game. It was a really disappointing performance, we shot ourselves in the foot but there are no excuses.

"We need to bounce back with a win if we can get one.”

The Spireites will have the opportunity to make amends for that defeat when they travel to North Yorkshire to face promotion-chasing Harrogate Town. Sheridan is wary of how strong the opposition will be but has all focus on his side.

“They’re having a very decent season like last year, they’ve got a bit of momentum," explained the boss.

"They know their system and how to play the shape that they play in.

“I know it will be a really tough game like any game in this league – it doesn’t matter who you play. You’ve got to prepare the best you can.

“I only have to worry about how we perform and try to install what I need to into my players and get the best out of the team.

“We know we can beat anyone on our day, but we let ourselves down if we’re not switched on.”

New signing Liam Shaw joined on loan from Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday and John Sheridan believes the 18-year-old has a lot to offer for the Spireites, by saying: “He retains the ball and takes care of the ball well and I feel like that’s been a problem this season.

"We need to retain the ball for longer periods and be braver in possession.

“He’s got goals in him, he’s a young lad and he wants to get out there playing and he’s been doing well in Sheffield Wednesday’s Under 23s.

“Potentially he’s going to be a really good player so I’m bringing him in because he could give us more of a goal threat.

“I love his enthusiasm, he believes in himself. He’s got a good physical presence and technically he’s a good player. I want him to come in and enjoy it.”

Sheridan also gave his side’s injury update, adding: “Josef Yarney is still struggling, Sam Wedgbury won’t be involved because of the artificial pitch but other than that everyone else is fit and ready.”

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