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Sheridan on Eastleigh clash

4 October 2019

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John Sheridan spoke to media ahead of Chesterfield’s match against Eastleigh at the Proact on Saturday, the Spireites boss addressed the importance of consistency for his team as they look to make it three home wins on the bounce.

Sheridan said: “Anyone is capable of going on a run and winning games in this league. We’ve just got to focus on ourselves and try to get points as quickly as we can.

“We’ve got to stand tall, be brave and be as positive as we can. It’s hard for everyone at the moment, the players and I are not happy with the way things have gone. It’s so hard for the fans as well because we all wanted to be up there.

“The good thing is it’s very early in the season, we are still capable of trying to get where we want to be. So, we’ve got to think we are going to win games. It’s massive now leading up to Christmas, all the games will come thick and fast.

“We know we’ve got to get on a run of winning games, not drawing, just winning games no matter how we play.”

Last season's play-off semi-finalists, Eastleigh, are up next for the Spireites, Sheridan believes the game will be just as tough as any in this league.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, you look at all the teams and they all beat each other in this league," he said.

"I don’t look at any team as inferior to any other. I think everyone is on a level playing field, it’s a very evenly balanced league.

“Eastleigh got in the play-offs last year, they’ve got some experience. They have some good players in their team, we’ve watched them a few times just like we watch videos of every team we’ve played this season.

“The only thing I’m obsessed with is working out what I’m getting from my team because I know we can beat everyone in the league, but you’ve got to be switched on.”

The Spireites are on the back of two consecutive home wins but the Spireites boss believes there’s still a way to go for his team to be back on track.

“I’m being real in saying that turning a corner is only when we’ve won eight, nine, ten games. We will be turning a corner when we are back in the mix. At this moment in time we’re not in a good enough position for what we’ve got in the squad and for who we are.

“Unit we get to where I want us to be that’s when I will be a bit more hopeful of trying to achieve something, but we are still in a vulnerable position.

“I know people are upset with how the season started and I know they’re frustrated, I’m frustrated. But I’m confident we can turn it around.”

Sheridan confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns and gave updates on the absentees, adding: “Anthony (Gerrard) trained all week, Laurence (Maguire) is still a couple of days off. David Buchanan is coming on well, he wants to get back on the pitch. He’s not too far away.”

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