Facing the media ahead of Saturday’s game at Aldershot Town, manager John Sheridan reaffirmed his commitment to improving the situation at the club in the wake of a poor run of form.
Starting by reflecting on the home defeat against Hartlepool in midweek, he said: “I’m not going to hide anything - it was a very disappointing result and performance. Our last three results, in which I expected a lot better, have been poor, especially the other night.
“I’m not going to patronise and blame anyone but whatever team I put out, it’s always to try and win the game.
“To concede five goals at home and the manner of the goals that went in was nowhere near good enough.
“I analyse things and I question whether I’ve picked the right team and the right players – but we’ve been very inconsistent this season. That’s something we have to address as quickly as possible.”
Sheridan remains confident he can bring about an upturn in fortunes. “When you’re on a run like this you’ve got to believe in what you’re doing. If I have time to turn it around, I’m 100% sure I can turn this round.
“I’m not doing my job well enough and the players aren’t playing well enough. I will take all the stick and I expect it when you’re losing. I’m not going to react or grumble at anything that is thrown at me because, in a way, it’s deserved.
“Over the last couple of years, it’s been tough and we’re having another year like it which I didn’t expect.
“But I’ve come here to do well for the club. I’m hurting because we’re not winning games and I know how hard it is for the supporters. I want to stay here and fight the cause.”
With Aldershot next up for Chesterfield, the Spireites boss wants his side to trust in themselves ahead of what he acknowledged will be another tough game.
“They’re a good team and they’ve have had some good results of late. They had a bad result against Dagenham and Redbridge, but they’ve played well against some of the sides up there.
“I remember they played some good stuff when they came here – they’re a good footballing side. We’re very wary of them but we’ve got to go there with the belief we can turn this round.
“We’ve got to work our socks off to keep the ball out of the net. We need to be focused for 90 minutes and not switch off.”
Providing an update on the team news, Sheridan commented: “Mike (Fondop) got a bit concussed so he will not be available and we will wait on (Haydn) Hollis. (Anthony) Gerrard is back in contention but (Josef) Yarney is still out.”